AFRINIC holds two open public policy meetings every year in various locations throughout its service region. AFRINIC Meetings provide a unique opportunity for Internet-related individuals and organisations to gather to discuss the policies governing Internet number resource distribution in the African region, to share technical knowledge, and to attend workshops and tutorials. Attendance is free and open to anyone although there may be a charge for some training courses and workshops. All AFRINIC workshops and courses are free of charge. Remote participation is also facilitated and encouraged.
- Join discussions about the community defined policies and procedures that AFRINIC uses to allocate Internet number resources and have your say.
- Take part in plenary sessions, listen to topical presentations, view demonstrations, attend relevant workshops and tutorials and participate in panel sessions.
- Meet with other attendees at lunches and informal evening social events to expand your global networks.
To find out more about the meetings, please view the past meetings' agendas and meeting reports.
Registration opens a few months before the meeting. We'll notify the community via this website, the AFRINIC Meeting and social media sites. Once registration is open, you'll need to create a login and complete the online registration form on this site. Meeting registration is usually open three months before the meeting.
Each participant is responsible for organising and funding their own transport and accommodation to attend an AFRINIC Meeting. However, we provide you with a list of accommodation and general information on our website. Fellowships that cover the cost of attending an AFRINIC Meeting are available for eligible candidates.
Depending on the location of the AFRINIC Meeting, your nationality and your recent travel destinations, you might require a visa/transit visa and vaccination certificates for travel to an AFRINIC meeting. We will add the latest information on visa requirements to our Travel Kit page. Invitation letters will be provided to all those who need them once they have registered for the meeting.
Every year the AFRINIC Programme Committee looks for people to:
- Participate in the technical conference sessions as a speaker
- Convene and chair panel sessions on relevant topics
- Deliver technical tutorials.
If you'd like to be considered as a speaker or workshop leader, please see our Speakers section for more information.
An open, transparent, inclusive bottom-up policy development process governs the way Internet number resources are distributed in Africa. These policies are proposed, discussed and accepted or rejected by the AFRINIC community using mailing lists and face-to-face discussion during AFRINIC Meetings. Anyone can participate; you do not have to be an AFRINIC member to take part in the AFRINIC Policy Development Process (PDP). You can find more details about the PDP, how to take part and the policy proposals currently under discussion here.
During the five days of an AFRINIC meeting, the main sessions are:
Tutorials and Workshops
AFRINIC Government Working Group AfGWG (Closed Session)
The AFRINIC Policy Development Discussion day
Policy Development Update from other RIRs
Fund for Internet Research and Education https://www.fireafrica.org/awards (FIRE) Workshop (Closed Session)
Global RIR Reports (RIRs, ASO AC, NRO, IANA)
AFRINIC Governance session
Open Mic session
AFRINIC meetings participation can be physical or remote that the main goal is to discuss and find solution for Internet related issues. The meetings are open to anyone who wishes to participate regardless their location.
Typical attendees include the Technical community, government representatives, IT managers and non IT manager, legal representatives, consultants, academics but also end users.
AFRINIC meetings are free of charge, but you must register online to be able to access the venue.
Three dedicated staffs assist newcomers and help them to take the maximum from every AFRINIC meetings. We also have a dedicated session called "Newcomers Session" that aims to teach the first timers about the internet ecosystem and what AFRINIC does for its community and the ways to participate and get in touch even after the meeting.
AFRINIC offers fellowship fund to enable delegates from developing economies to attend its Public Policy Meetings. Fellowships are funded by AFRINIC and the amount varies according to the fellow’s country of residence. Fellowships are offered for both annual AFRINIC stand-alone meetings and conjunction meeting (Africa Internet Summit).