The Fund for Internet Research and Development – FIRE Africa – is one of Africa’s leading Grants and Awards programmes designed to encourage, support and develop innovative online solutions to Africa’s education, information, infrastructure and communication needs.
Create. Enable. Connect
Even with the lowest Internet penetration rates anywhere in the world, and with one of the largest as-yet unconnected populations anywhere on earth, Africa’s online economy is growing steadily, largely due to the expansion of mobile Internet technologies in the region. They believe that the Internet plays a critical role in Africa’s social and economic development.
That started in 2007 as a pilot project to identify and reward innovative solutions to community challenges has finally age. The Fund for Internet Research and Education has matured and is now among the prestigious awards and grants programme offering recognition and support to ICT initiatives benefiting grassroots communities.
When Dr Nii Quaynor, a pioneer of African Internet, donated his Jon Postel Awards 2007 cash prize he ignited FIRE. Together with Adiel Akplogan, the founding CEO of AFRINIC, they sowed the seed that has grown to become a successful Fund for Internet research and Education programme
Subsequently donors came in with further support. And now it has grown and started bearing fruits and supporting community initiatives. When SEED Alliance came in in 2011, FIRE started burning brightly and spreading far and wide offering enhanced support and recognition to initiatives with potential to promote change and growth.