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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 for more details.


AFRINIC's Visual Rebranding

AFRINIC took the opportunity to rebrand at AFRINIC 16 held in Serekunda, The Gambia, between May 12 and 18, 2012. The rebranding encompassed the launch of AFRINIC’s new logo, and its website.

The new logo which can be seen on our website ( signifies AFRINIC’s dynamism, and the organisation’s commitment to the development of the Internet in Africa as a catalyst for change. With the impeding depletion of IPv4, the logo is also a symbol of the future of the Internet with IPv6.

Besides, the new logo is an indication of AFRINIC’s place in the global Internet community. It places the organisation at the heart of the African Internet community, and development.

The black represents AFRINIC’s place and commitment to the African Continent. The orange represents the future of the Internet in Africa with the dawn of IPv6. The dots represent Africa’s place in the global community, and the interconnections created by the Internet.

The slogan “the Link that unites us” is a metaphor that supports AFRINIC’s Mission, Vision and Core values particularly as it strives to provide fundamentally important services, infrastructures and capacity building.

The new website demonstrates AFRINIC’s continued commitment to its members, and the African Internet community. The website gives people an opportunity to access a wide range of materials on AFRINIC.

What’s more, this year our Public Policy Meeting hosted among others the first Africa Internet Summit and the sixth meeting of the African Government Working Group (AfGWG). This was thus our first Africa Internet Summit. The Annual Africa Internet Summit will be a platform where all key development issues faced by Africa will be discussed. The forum will also provide a more business-oriented structure bringing together numerous stakeholders including policy makers, operators, government, and civil society representatives among others.

Please let us know what you think about the logo and the website as we continually work to enhance services provided to members and the African Internet community.



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