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FIRE - Fund for Internet Research and Education launched

AFRINIC is pleased to announce the launch of the Fund for Internet Research and Education (FIRE). The FIRE Programme was launched today, 19 May 2012, by the AFRINIC CEO Adiel Akplogan, at the AFRINIC 16 Policy Meeting in Serekunda, The Gambia. This is a grant and awards programme designed to encourage and support the development of solutions to information and communication needs in Africa, emphasising the role of the Internet in the social and economic development for the benefit of the African community.

The FIRE programme has been set up in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to further the development of the Internet and technical capacity building in Africa, in line with their mission to support Internet technology usage and development across the African continent. 

There are three funding categories namely:

  • Innovation on access provision
  • E-Development
  • Freedom of expression

Project proposals and award nominations from Africa-based public or private sector organisations, university, or research and development institutions and non-government organisations will be considered. Applications must be aligned with FIRE programme objectives, eligibility criteria, and administrative guidelines. Individuals are NOT eligible to apply.

The call for applications will be open from today, 19 May 2012 until 31 July 2012. Please see www.fireafrica.org for more details.