The APNIC Foundation shares a common vision with APNIC of “a global, open, stable, and secure Internet that serves the entire Asia Pacific community”.

Under this vision, the Foundation’s mission is to increase investment in Internet development in the Asia Pacific region, through education and training, human capacity building, community development, research, and related projects and activities.

Established in September 2016 and operational in early 2017, the Foundation was first discussed by the APNIC Executive Council (EC) in 2014, when it set out to explore a mechanism to support and expand the APNIC Development Program. The EC wanted to do this by raising funds, independent from APNIC membership contributions, to support regional Internet development efforts in the future.

Many of the projects and activities implemented or funded by the Foundation are designed and managed by APNIC, in collaboration with funding partners interested in Internet development in the Asia Pacific. These activities focus on APNIC’s development priorities and those of the Foundation’s partners, which include a growing community of trainers and technical advisors, and other like-minded organizations.

The Directors of the APNIC Foundation include recognized and respected experts from the Asia Pacific Internet community. The Foundation’s staff are based in the APNIC office in Brisbane, Australia.

The Foundation welcomes support from, and collaboration with, other foundations, agencies and organizations working to develop the Internet in the Asia Pacific.

APNIC – A Respected and Recognized Partner

With more than 17,000 direct and indirect Members in almost every economy of the Asia Pacific, APNIC has worked for more than 20 years to support Internet development in the region. Many of its 100-plus staff travel regularly to engage with Members, provide training and technical assistance, or share expertise and information. APNIC also partners with many organizations through MoUs, sponsorships and informally to support the continuing development of the Internet.

APNIC’s success in partnering and seeking financial support for its activities is founded on five important assets:

  1. A strong technical focus and regional recognition as a source of best practice and expertise.
  2. Neutrality and independence from any particular vendors, services, or technologies.
  3. A non-profit organization with financial strength and transparency.
  4. Robust regional networks and relationships.
  5. Long track record of successful management and implementation.

The APNIC Foundation builds on and supports these strengths and APNIC’s strong history of success in training and community development.

The Foundation’s development partners have included the Asia Pacific Internet Development Trust (APIDT), Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT); Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC); the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT); the Asia Foundation; the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC); the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); the KDDI Foundation in Japan; the World Bank; the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the DotAsia Organization, and the Internet Society (ISOC).

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