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AFRINIC Partners With ICANN on AFRICA DNS Business Exchange Programme

Series of internships aims to facilitate capacity building for registrars and registries in Africa to boost the African domain name business. AFRINIC is providing logistical and administrative support to kick-start this initiative.


12 February 2015, Ébène, Mauritius. The first event of the Africa DNS Business Exchange Programme took place on 12 January 2015 in Singapore. A pilot group of interns from AFRIREGISTER (Burundi) and WEB4AFRICA (Nigeria) spent several days at the IP Mirror offices and also visited with SGNIC and met staff at ICANN’s Singapore Office. During their time in Singapore, the interns learned about DNS technical requirements, DNS best practice and DNS business models.

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with ICANN and contributing to its Africa Strategy with this new initiative,” said former AFRINIC CEO Adiel A. Akplogan“Capacity building schemes and knowledge share activities such as the DNS Business Exchange Programme are crucial to enable African registrars and registries to increase the presence of the DNS industry on the continent and to facilitate the exchange of local and global Internet industry expertise.”


Exchange Programme

Launched by ICANN in partnership with AFRINIC, the first phase of the DNS Business Exchange Programme involves interns selected from ICANN accredited registrars. The next set of interns from Kheweul.Com, Genious Communication, Diamatrixand Ghana dot COM will spend time with Afilias and AFNIC. As the programme gathers speed, it is hoped that it will be expanded and made available for other registrars and registries in the region. More information about the programme can be found at:



The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC)
is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa. It is responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources (IPv4 and IPv6 addresses) and ASN (Autonomous System Numbers) for the African and Indian Ocean region. It was founded in 2004 and serves 56 economies throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean.AFRINIC plays a leading role in capacity buildingand provides education and training to its members, governments and the wider community to infrastructure development throughout the African region.

Apply for a 2015 FIRE Award

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9 February 2015 - The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) announces the call for applications for the 2015 FIRE Awards.

The Fund for Internet Research and Education (FIRE) aims at encouraging ICT development innovations that contribute to sustainable development in Africa.

The FIRE Programme Awards are granted to initiatives already completed or in their final implementation phase, aligned with the three funding categories.

The FIRE Programme invites African organisations, entrepreneurs and innovators to propose projects under one of these three categories:
- Innovation on Access provision: fostering ICT growth in Africa by ensuring that the delivery mechanism is available, reliable and scalable
- E-development: the development, deployment and enhancement of content, applications and solutions
- Freedom of Expression: initiatives related to freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security, consumer's rights, new forms of intellectual property in the digital environment, and a wider range of issues related to Internet    and human rights.
Selected winners will receive a project prize of USD 3,000

We strongly encourage applications from post conflict regions and marginalized groups. The registration deadline for the 2015 Awards has been set for 30 April 2015,00:00 UTC.
L’African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) lance un appel à projets pour son programme de Prix FIRE (Fund for Internet Research and Education) pour l’année 2015. Le programme FIRE a pour but d’encourager l’innovation à travers les développements des TIC qui soutiennent le développent durable en Afrique. Des Prix seront accordés par le programme FIRE à des projets implémentés ou se trouvant dans leur phase ultime de mise en œuvre, en ligne avec les catégories de financement et les critères d’éligibilité. Le programme FIRE invite les organisations africaines, les entrepreneurs et les innovateurs à soumettre leurs projets sous une des trois catégories suivantes :
- Innovation en fourniture d’accès : Encourager les innovations et le développement des TIC en s’assurant que les mécanismes d’accès sont disponibles, fiables et évolutifs.
- e-Développement : Supporter le développement, le déploiement et l’amélioration des contenus, des applications et des solutions.   
- La liberté d’expression : Promouvoir les initiatives liées à la liberté d’expression et d’association, à la protection de la vie privée, à la sécurité, aux droits des consommateurs, aux nouvelles formes de propriété intellectuelle dans l’environnement numérique ainsi qu’à un plus large éventail de questions liées à Internet et aux droits de l’homme. 
Les Prix seront d’un montant maximal de 3 000 USD.

Nous encourageons les candidatures de porteurs de projets originaires de communautés situées dans des régions marginalisées ou ayant traversé un conflit armé.Pour faire acte de candidature, soumettez votre projet avant le 30 Avril 2015, 00 :00 UTC.Pour de plus amples informations sur les différentes catégories en liste, les critères de sélection ainsi que les procédures à suivre  pour soumettre votre projet, merci de visiter ou nous envoyer un courriel à  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 


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