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AFRINIC policies are developed through an open Policy Development Process (click here to read the full version). There is no requirement to participate in the process and anybody can propose and discuss policy matters related to resource management in AFRINIC region of service. To participate you must subscribe to the policy working group mailing list.

Minutes of the last public policy meeting can be found in the minutes of public policy meetings page


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Every policy document has a unique reference and status. The status of a proposal evolves according to the diffrerent steps it goes through in the policy development process.



Guide to Status of Policy Documents

Under Discussion - On the mailing list and open for discussions.

Withdrawn - The author of the proposal withdraws a policy at any stage.

Awaiting Approval - The PDWG chairs have sent a proposal to the board for ratification.

Approved - Proposal has been approved by AFRINIC board, awaiting implementation.

Implemented - Proposal has been implemented by staff. It is now a full policy.

Obsolete - The policy is rendered obsolete by another implemented policy proposal.


Format of Reference ID for Policy Documents

Every policy proposal has a unique identifier of the general format  "AFPUB-YYYY-Category-Number" plus "-draft-nn" where

  • YYYY=year in long format eg 2011
  • Category refers to what category this policy addresses eg v4=IPv4, v6-IPv6, DNS=all DNS related, GEN=general and all other, ASN=AS Numbers
  • Number= Serial number within that year starting from 001 for that category of policy documents.
  • nn=Integer that starts with 01 and increases by 1 for every new version of the proposal. 
  • If/when the proposal becomes implemented, the "draft-nn" shall be dropped from the final version which shall then become the policy.

As an example AFPUB-2011-v4-002 is the second policy within 2011 relating to IPv4 and it if it ends up having 4 versions, it progress thus: AFPUB-2011-v4-002-draft-01 -->AFPUB-2011-v4-002-draft-02 -->AFPUB-2011-v4-002-draft-03 -->AFPUB-2011-v4-002-draft-04 -->AFPUB-2011-v4.



How to

Participate in the Policy Process


Propose a Policy

In order to propose a policy, proceed as follows:

  1. If you have not already done so, please read and understand the Policy Development Process.
  2. If you are not already a member of the Resource Policies Discussion (rpd) mailing list, please subscribe to the rpd mailing list, it is the primary medium for discussing policy proposals.
  3. Send a copy of your policy proposal using the template below to policy-submission[at] . The AFRINIC Policy Liaison will give feedback about the content and format of your proposal (if necessary) and then issue you a unique identifier.
  4. Once you get a unique identifier, send your policy proposal to the rpd mailing list. It will subsequently be put online on the AFRINIC policy page.
Template for Submitting Policy Proposals


------------------------[Proposal Header]-----------------------

Unique identifier (assigned by AFRINIC):

Draft Policy Name:
      (a) Author1.Name | Author1.Email_Address | Author1.Affiliation
      (b) Author2.Name | Author2.Email_Address | Author2.Affiliation
      (n) Authorn.Name | Authorn.Email_Address | Authorn.Affiliation    

Draft Policy Version

Submission Date

Related Policies (where applicable)


------------------------[Proposal Header]-----------------------

[1] Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal

[2] Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem

[3] Proposal (Please use sub-numbering so as to make it easy to reference in discussions)

[4] Revision History (for all but the very first draft)

4.1 Version nn

Change: .......................... (description of the change)
Reason for Change:..........(why was it changed?)

4.2 Version nn

Change: .......................... (description of the change)
Reason for Change:..........(why was it changed?)


5.0 References

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