Policy development process
AFRINIC policies are developed through an open policy development process. There is no requirement to participate in the process and anybody can propose and discuss policy matters related to resource management in AFRINIC region of service. To participate you must subscribe to the policy working group mailing list.
Minutes of the last public policy meeting can be found in the minutes of public policy meetings page
Every policy document has a unique reference and status. The status of a proposal evolves according to the diffrerent steps it goes through in the policy development process.
Guide to Status of Policy Documents
- Proposal-Draft - Status given upon Initial submission on to the mailing list.
- Proposal-Consensus-Accepted - There is consensus on this document the last time consensus was evaluated.
- Proposal-No Consensus - There is No consensus AND proposal has been is sent to the list for further discussion.
- Proposal-Consensus-Rejected - There is Consensus to totally reject the proposal.
- Proposal-Withdrawn - The author of the proposal withdraws a policy at any stage.
- Awaiting Approval - The PDWG chairs have sent a proposal to the board for ratification.
- Approved - Proposal has been approved by AFRINIC board, awaiting implementation.
- Implemented - Proposal has been implemented by staff. It is now a full policy.
- Obsolete - The policy is rendered obsolete by another implemented policy proposal.
Format of Reference ID for Policy Documents
Every policy proposal has a unique identifier of the general format "AFPUB-YYYY-Category-Number" plus "-draft-nn" where
- YYYY=year in long format eg 2011
- Category refers to what category this policy addresses eg v4=IPv4, v6-IPv6, DNS=all DNS related, GEN=general and all other, ASN=AS Numbers
- Number= Serial number within that year starting from 001 for that category of policy documents.
- nn=Integer that starts with 01 and increases by 1 for every new version of the proposal.
- If/when the proposal becomes implemented, the "draft-nn" shall be dropped from the final version which shall then become the policy.
As an example AFPUB-2011-v4-002 is the second policy within 2011 relating to IPv4 and it if it ends up having 4 versions, it progress thus: AFPUB-2011-v4-002-draft-01 -->AFPUB-2011-v4-002-draft-02 -->AFPUB-2011-v4-002-draft-03 -->AFPUB-2011-v4-002-draft-04 -->AFPUB-2011-v4.
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