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1 August 2014 - FIRE Programme Awards acknowledge the remarkable contributions ICT innovators have made to their communities by using the Internet to address social and development challenges.

The FIRE Programme Awards are granted to initiatives already completed or in their final implementation phases and that are aligned with one of the three funding categories:

* Innovation on Access Provision

* E-Development

* Freedom of Expression 

There is one Award winner per category. In addition, there is a Community Choice Award category, voted for by the community.

This year, the FIRE 2014 Award did not recognise an initiative promoting Freedom of expression. This category will be back in 2015.

The following outstanding projects won a FIRE 2014 Award:


Category: Innovation on Access Provision

Project 1: OER4Schools

Organisation: Witaba Foundation


Project 2: Affaires Mobiles Bénin, a platform for linking buyers and sellers of food products in Benin

Organisation: Beninese Agency for the Promotion of Commercial Exchanges


Category: E- Development

Project 3: mJangale: Improving Education in Senegal with Mobile Solutions

Organisation: SenMobile


Category: Community Choice

Project 4: Lôr Bouôr


All four winners will receive a cash prize of US$ 3,000 and a travel grant to attend the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place in Istanbul (Turkey) from the 2nd - 5th September 2014.

During the IGF, the 2014 Awardees will be given opportunities to showcase their project, make professional contacts and participate in discussions about the future of the Internet.


More information about the FIRE Programme can be found online at:



Successful Conclusion of AFRINIC Training in Chad - 15 to 18 July 2014

 AFRINIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa in conjunction with ISOC Chad and Partners has just concluded a four (04) day IPv6 and Internet Number Resources Management training course in N' Djamena. Running from the 15 to 18 July 2014, the event was held at the CNAR - Centre National d'Appui à la Recherche Scientifique and led by Brice Abba of AFRINIC Training Team. 

This event falls under AFRINIC's training program which aims to help network engineers in AFRICA better plan and manage Internet Number resources and IPv6 networks.

The course was attended by 47 participants from the Telecommunications Sector, Internet service organisations and Universities of Chad. 

The workshop was launched by M. Mahamat Borhou Hassan, Director General of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and M. Kouka Jean Roger from the CNAR.

We wish to extend our appreciation to ISOC Chad for hosting this workshop and making it a success.


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