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AFRINIC Partners With ICANN on AFRICA DNS Business Exchange Programme

Series of internships aims to facilitate capacity building for registrars and registries in Africa to boost the African domain name business. AFRINIC is providing logistical and administrative support to kick-start this initiative.


12 February 2015, Ébène, Mauritius. The first event of the Africa DNS Business Exchange Programme took place on 12 January 2015 in Singapore. A pilot group of interns from AFRIREGISTER (Burundi) and WEB4AFRICA (Nigeria) spent several days at the IP Mirror offices and also visited with SGNIC and met staff at ICANN’s Singapore Office. During their time in Singapore, the interns learned about DNS technical requirements, DNS best practice and DNS business models.

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with ICANN and contributing to its Africa Strategy with this new initiative,” said former AFRINIC CEO Adiel A. Akplogan “Capacity building schemes and knowledge share activities such as the DNS Business Exchange Programme are crucial to enable African registrars and registries to increase the presence of the DNS industry on the continent and to facilitate the exchange of local and global Internet industry expertise.”


Exchange Programme

Launched by ICANN in partnership with AFRINIC, the first phase of the DNS Business Exchange Programme involves interns selected from ICANN accredited registrars. The next set of interns from Kheweul.Com, Genious Communication, Diamatrix and Ghana dot COM will spend time with Afilias and AFNIC. As the programme gathers speed, it is hoped that it will be expanded and made available for other registrars and registries in the region. More information about the programme can be found at:



The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC)
is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa. It is responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources (IPv4 and IPv6 addresses) and ASN (Autonomous System Numbers) for the African and Indian Ocean region. It was founded in 2004 and serves 56 economies throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean. AFRINIC plays a leading role in capacity building and provides education and training to its members, governments and the wider community to infrastructure development throughout the African region.

AFRINIC partners with Imagination for People


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AFRINIC and its FIRE Programme (Fund for Internet Research and Education) are proud to partner with the Association Imagination for People (I4P) to encourage ICT development innovations that contribute to sustainable development in Africa.

The FIRE programme is a Grants and Awards programme designed to encourage and support the development of innovative solutions to information and communication needs in the African region.

The programme becomes part of Imagination for People (I4P) which is a network of citizens from all over the globe who believe that creativity can be used in practical ways to make a positive economic and social impact.

FIRE will help I4P in fulfilling its goals:

  1. Identify innovative projects from different countries that showcase the extraordinary imagination of citizens. This includes projects being carried out by individual entrepreneurs or communities of enlightened citizens, visionary public organisations and pioneer companies (i.e. the three “Ps” that Imagination for People likes to refer to - People, Public, Private).
  2. Support social entrepreneurs as they start up their projects by giving them access to collaborative tools that will allow them to mobilise a global community and, through this community, help their projects flourish.

FIRE Programme’s Recipients and Community will take part of I4P web-based platform that is wiki-citizen (collaborative), international and multilingual.
This platform will allow them to communicate with the I4P community, submit calls for skills, connections, hardware solutions, promotion and more through the ‘Needs’ tool.

For more information on FIRE and Association Imagination for People (I4P), visit



AFRINIC partners with Google


AFRINIC partners with Google to kick off ‘Africa Connected’ Competition - $25,000 prizes for five Africans whose lives are ‘powered by the web

Africa, 28th August 2013.  For those who have been positively influenced by the internet, here’s a chance to share your web journey. Google is calling on entrepreneurs, creators, innovators and web-lovers in Ghana and across Africa to share their stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work.  Whether you’re a photographer, an entrepreneur, a fashion designer or a community activist, if the internet and Google tools have played an important role in your success, Google wants to hear from you. 


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