You are probably aware that AFRINIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa, is involved in ongoing litigation, where the plaintiff has sought to have AFRINIC’s bank accounts frozen.
In today’s connected world, it is easy to abstract the Internet into simply moving bits and bytes, and forget that there are real people that work hard at building, maintaining and providing support for the systems that you, and the Internet, need to continue working and engaging.
The litigation has made it difficult for AFRINIC to meet its financial obligations. Part of these expenses are salaries for the AFRINIC team, who are resolutely working through this difficult period. Whilst we recognise that the legal system has to complete its important process, “our colleagues still need to survive” during one of the worst pandemics in memory. As an operational entity, that is core to a functioning Internet, AFRINIC still has financial obligations that it must meet to its suppliers.
Af-IX, in collaboration with our partners are therefore embarking on a fund-raising exercise to help keep AFRINIC’s core functions and services running for the next three months. As a broader community, we are dependent on this registry, whose service of allocating and registering Internet Number Resources (IPv4, IPv6 and ASN) has enabled communication for the development and growth of the Internet In the African region.
We invite you to be part of the community of supporters to ensure that AFRINIC can continue to play the vital role it has, for the sustainable digital growth in Africa.
You can choose to donate any amount via the URL below. The funds collected will be used to support the team by ensuring the core functions of AFRINIC continue without risk.
The Af-IX is ably supported in this initiative by the;
Technology Service Providers of Kenya – TESPOK
Tanzania ISP Association – TISPA
Angola ISP Association – AAPSI
Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria – IXPN
For additional information, please feel free to contact us, or any of our partners through the following email addresses below: