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The FIRE Awards will be granted to initiatives that are on the last stages of implementation or that have finalized activities already that are aligned with the funding categories and eligibility criteria. Awards will be up to USD 3,000. Innovation and development should be an integral part of all award nominations.


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Grants will be provided to project proposals to be implemented in a period of 6 to 12 months for up to USD 10,000 that are aligned with the funding categories and eligibility criteria.


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AFRINIC partners with Google on the "Africa Connected" Competition $25,000 prizes for five Africans whose lives are "powered by the web".

Google has today announced the finalists of the Africa Connected competition. The competition was launched in August last year, calling entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and web-lovers to share stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work. The 10 finalists have been selected by a panel of judges from over 2,200 entries from 35 countries. .

FIRE programme joins international innovation alliance

Seed Alliance

The Seed Alliance is a joint initiative of, FRIDA and FIRE programme with generous support from IDRC and SIDA to promote innovation and support Internet Development on a wider scale. more »

FIRE programme: Origins

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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....

Innovation on access provision