Foundation Projects

Technical Training and Mentoring Support to Internet Professionals in Afghanistan


The need: 

Network engineers and professionals in Afghanistan face challenges in accessing technical training, mentoring and related platforms. Recent events, security issues, isolation, and employment challenges have forced technical professionals to leave the country. More specific issues identified through an APNIC Foundation community consultation conducted in 2022 include awareness of technical best practices, knowledge of key Internet topics (infrastructure, management and operation, and security), local and regional engagement, gender and inclusion, localized content and research. 

About the project 

As recommended by the community consultation and in line with the “Meaningful Impact” pillar of the  Foundation, the Technical Training and Mentoring Support to Internet Professionals in Afghanistan project was launched. The project goal is to enhance information, technical knowledge, and local and regional engagement of the Afghan technical community.  

It works to achieve two key objectives of i) Information sharing to enhancing awareness and engagement - through increasing community awareness of APNIC services and technical best practices and enhancing its engagement with the regional technical community; ii) Professional development- through improved access to technical training and mentoring, technical knowledge, expertise and resources related to network operations and security. 

The project contributes to enabling the Asia Pacific Internet community in providing meaningful and efficient access to the Internet, from a technical and operational perspective and enhancing technical and operational knowledge creating an informed and collaborative community. 

Project Highlights:  

  • Participants: Total: 32. (Women: 9; Diaspora Afghans: 6). 
Foundation and APNIC staff and project participants during the welcome session for the project in December 2022.

For budget information, see the relevant annual reports.