AFRINIC works in collaboration with a wide range of institutions namely governments and other related organisations with an interest in Internet governance issues on a global level.
/1net is a platform that provides an inclusive and open venue supporting discussion of Internet governance matters for all those interested (individuals, governments, civil societies, technicians, etc.) and delivers the results of those discussions to the agendas of established and developing Internet governance institutions. It is vital that the voices of all contributors be heard and carried forward to help shape the future of the Internet’s governance. AFRINIC is one of the founding members of /1net.
Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)
The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is a forum for policy dialogue. One of the principles underlying ADEA's philosophy is that the responsibility of education rests with the governments of Africa.
ADEA is concerned with fostering a process that empowers African ministries of education and makes development agencies more responsive to the concept of national ownership. ADEA created its ICT task force in 2011.
African Telecommunications Union (ATU)
The African Union consists of several specialised bodies and several of them deal with ICT issues.
The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) is a specialized agency of the African Union that works towards the development of the ICT sector in Africa. The ATU is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
The ITU is the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies.
The ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. ITU activities also include Internet Policy and Governance.
ITU membership includes Member States (governments), ICT regulators, leading academic institutions and private companies
In the same year that World Wide Web celebrates 25 years, Brazil hosted NETmundial – the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. The meeting was organised in a partnership between the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) and /1Net, a forum that gathers international entities of the various stakeholders involved with Internet governance. AFRINIC was heavily involved in this meeting. Read more about our involvement and the meeting's outcome.
The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is a programme of the African Union (AU) adopted in Lusaka, Zambia in 2001. NEPAD's objective is to enhance Africa's growth, development and participation in the global economy.
Find out more on NEPAD's e-Africa programme.
Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF)
The Organisation internationale de la francophonie was created in 1970. Its mission is to embody the active solidarity between its 75 member states and governments (56 members and 19 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations' member states and account for a population of over 890 million people, including 220 million French speakers.
The OIF has an active global ICT programme.
The Organisation for Economic Corporation and Development (OECD)
The Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) to the OECD brings together the counsel and technical expertise of technically focused organisations, in a decentralised networked approach to policy formulation for the Internet economy.
The Regional African Satellite Communication Organisation (RASCOM)
In the context of the present lack of telecommunication infrastructure, and recognising that investment in telecommunications can considerably increase productivity, effectiveness and quality of life in almost all socio-economic sectors in Africa, African leaders decided, following several consultations, to combine their efforts to provide the continent with telecommunications infrastructure capable of ensuring the sustainable development of telecommunications in each African country, with special emphasis on service to rural areas.
RASCOM is an intergovernmental commercially run organisation whose capital is open to the private sector.
World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT)
ITU convened the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 3-14 December 2012. This landmark conference reviewed the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services, as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability. Read more about AFRINIC's participation at WCIT 2012.
World Telecommunications Development Conference (WTDC)
The International Telecommunication Union, through the Telecommunication Development Bureau, organizes a World Telecommunication Development Conference every four years and a number of Regional Preparatory Meetings within that same period. The Telecommunication Development Conferences serve as forums for free discussion by all concerned with the Development Sector. In addition, they review the numerous programmes and projects of the Sector and BDT. Results are reported and new projects are launched. The World Conferences set the agenda and the guidelines for the following four-year cycle, while the Regional Conferences review "work-in-progress" towards the overall objectives and ensure that goals are met. Read more about AFRINIC's participation at WTDC.
World Telecommunication Standardisation Assembly (WTSA)
WTSA is held every four years and defines the work program for the ITU-Telecommunications Standardization Sector (ITU-T). At each WTSA:
- The overall work program, structure, and processes for the ITU-T is determined
- Resolutions are adopted that define the scope of ITU-T work program
- Recommendations (Standards) are revised and approved
- Study Groups and Questions are created and structured, Chairmen are elected and the scope of each Study Group's work is adopted
A one-day Global Standards Symposium (GSS) was held the day before WTSA.
Preparations for WTSA-12 took place throughout 2012, notably in regional preparatory meetings leading up to the WTSA that will take place mid-November in Dubai. The previous WTSA was held in 2008 in South Africa.
AFRINIC participated in the WSTA preparatory meetings (African and Arab states) to support the member states with providing technical advice and feedback, at their request. It is the Member States who will be making the final decisions on all the proposed changes at the WSTA meeting held in Dubai.
AFRINIC solicits the African community at large participation to become more familiar with current discussions and to advocate your country's or organisation's or even personal position through the proper channels (http://www.itu.int/GlobalDirectory/search.html) to guarantee that all opinions and positions are taken into consideration at the WSTA-12 meeting.