A New Frontier for the Global South

By Mwendwa Kivuva
Mwendwa Kivuva

The Fund for Internet Research and Education — FIRE — is an initiative of AFRINIC that gives Grants and Awards to outstanding projects that use the Internet to provide innovative solutions to Africa's unique education, information, infrastructure, and communication needs. FIRE Africa is part of an initiative called The Seed Alliance that has LACNIC's FRIDA Program, APNIC's ISIF.Asia program, and the Internet Society as members.

Over the past 5 years, the Seed Alliance has supported 116 projects from 57 countries. It has also held capacity building workshops to hundreds of participants in various Regional Internet Registry (RIR) meetings, and other international fora like the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and ICT4D meetings. The total funding to date is about US$2.2 in Grants and Awards throughout Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

The RIRs have proven that they are competent in running impressive development initiatives, and they are very committed in changing their respective communities.

Previous projects in Africa include: