FIRE Africa. Create, Enable, Connect

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FIRE Africa Grants 2017

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The FIRE Africa Grants will provide two Grants of US$12,500 and US$10,000 Google grant for projects aligned with one of the following categories: Technical Innovation, Community Development, Governance Enhancement, and Education. This Grant is for scale up projects that will be implemented within the next 12 months. Selected projects will benefit from a series of institutional strengthening and capacity building activities aimed at providing the knowledge, tools and contacts needed to further advance successful initiatives.

FIRE Africa Award 2017

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The FIRE Africa will provide three Awards for three existing successful projects that focus on Internet development, Internet for social inclusion, and ICT for Development. Winning initiatives must meet three main requirements. All project proposals must have a technological component through which they seek to solve development issues. Proposed solutions must be innovative, i.e., they must present new strategies, notions, ideas, methods and processes that respond to social needs and can broaden and strengthen communities. Finally, successful initiatives must have a proven impact, i.e., they must submit indicators and evidence that support the creation of value for the target communities. The FIRE Award consists of a USD 3,000 cash prize plus full travel and accommodation for one representative of each project to attend the awards ceremony, and participate in sessions which will be held in Switzerland during the 2017 Internet Governance Forum.

Innovators blog

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The past FIRE Africa winners have written a series of informative blogs on their experience with the FIRE Africa Grants and Awards program. We are always encouraging our past winners to share the lessons learned so that we can improve the program even further.

2016 winners

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Our 13 outstanding Grant and Award winners for the year 2016 came from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, and The Gambia. The Award winners attended the 2016 Internet Governance Forum in Mexico, and wrote great blogs on their experiences.

FIRE Africa is part of the Seed Alliance

Seed Alliance

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

FIRE Africa: Origin

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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. 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.

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