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alan barrettAFRINIC staff have already arrived in Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo, and are busy setting up the AFRINIC-23 meeting network, double-checking logistics and putting the finishing touches to the meeting venue alongside our host, ARPCE. I'm looking forward to a packed week at AFRINIC-23, which begins on 28th November, when the African Internet community, together with interested people from outside of Africa, will convene to discuss key issues in African Internet development, attend technical workshops and tutorials, and discuss regional and global Internet policy development matters.

The three winners of the 2015 FIRE Africa Awards received a travel grant to attend the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015, held in João Pessoa, Brazil from 10-13 November. We catch up with Florence Toffa (Code for Ghana), Tidiane Ball (Malisanté) and Chancel Malanga Mathoy Mata (Côte Na Tshombo) during their busy week to find out more about their projects and how their US$ 3,000 FIRE Africa Award will help their projects.




Interview IGF pic1Bonface Witiba is a 2014 FIRE Award winner, who received US$ 3,000 last year to support the OER4Schools project. He received a travel grant from FIRE Africa to attend the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015, held in João Pessoa, Brazil from 10-13 November, where he hosted a workshop on OER: Can they bridge the digital divide gap? We catch up with Bonaface to find out how the FIRE Award and attending the IGF has helped the project.

21431093670 eaf7d54758 zOn 29 May 2015, AFRINIC released an updated version of its RPKI core infrastructure (v2.0). AFRINIC is pleased to announce that by now, all members have already migrated their engine to the new platform, on which they have also created their ROAs. 33 members have activated their new engines with a total of 77 active ROAs.

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The Fund for Internet Research and Education – FIRE Africa – is Africa’s leading Grants and Awards programme designed to encourage, support and develop innovative online solutions to Africa’s education, information, infrastructure and communication needs.

Case Study: Empowering African Women and girls through the use of informative and interactive online resources.

Project: MakeEveryWomanCount a virtual information hub that promotes African women’s participation in all aspects of development discourse. It’s an African woman-led organisation that serves as a mobilising, networking, information, advocacy and training platform for African women by building African women and girls’ leadership capacities to influence policy and decision-making.

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