The Seed Alliance is a collaborative partnership between the FIRE Africa, FRIDA and ISIF Asia Grants and Awards programs and the Alliance’s various partners and sponsors. Together, these programs support innovation on Internet development across the global south.
Since October 2010, AFRINIC, APNIC and LACNIC (three of the world’s five Regional Internet Registries – RIRs) have worked alongside the International Development Research Center (IDRC) to establish a global alliance. The Seed Alliance was formally launched on 31 March 2012, thanks to a generous grant from IDRC, to support the launch of FIRE Africa and to strengthen the two existing programs, FRIDA and ISIF Asia. The Swedish Government also joined the alliance via a generous grant from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) in October 2012.
To date, the Seed Alliance has supported 116 projects from 57 economies with around US$ 2.2 million of funding allocated in Grants and Awards throughout Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, helping to strengthen and promote the Information Society within these regions. As of 1 November 2015, IDRC has renewed his funding support for the Seed Alliance for two more years, for around CA$ 1.1 million to be divided among the three regional programs
The Seed Alliance’s objective is to offer opportunities to project teams developing innovative Internet solutions that address social and economic challenges.
How it Works
The Seed Alliance offers opportunities to scale-up digital innovations to project teams that support economic growth and social development. It achieves this by facilitating:
Offering Opportunities to Scale Up
The Seed Alliance gives organizations the opportunity to scale up their activities by providing funding (various types of Grants and Awards), training, mentoring and/or networking support.
Supporting Project Teams
The Seed Alliance supports groups of entrepreneurs, researchers and activists that are not necessarily working at the same organizations to get together to implement proposed projects in a specific economy, across one region or inter-regionally. These groups are referred to as project teams.
Identifying Digital Innovations
The Seed Alliance identifies digital innovations and solutions (software tools, devices, research outcomes according to each regional set of criteria and categories) that make strategic use of Internet technologies in an innovative way.
Supporting Economic Growth and Social Development
The Seed Alliance supports projects that respond to the needs and challenges that different communities face, looking to bring positive change to communities across the global south.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The following tools enable the Seed Alliance to monitor and evaluate:
- Online applications and selection system
- Technical & financial reports
- Template for site visits
- An evaluation and Communications Strategy (UFE & ResCom framework)