The Regional Information Society Network for Africa (RINAF) was initiated in 1992 (then called Regional Informatics Network for Africa) as a framework for UNESCO's support for African co-operation to promote academic and public sector computer networking. RINAF started with the support from Italy, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea and UNESCO's Regular Programme.

Today, RINAF is the framework of all UNESCO's telematics support activity for development in Africa, including the promotion of national and regional strategies and telematics applications for development. RINAF is supporting and promoting telematics in the sectors of public concern (including education, research, libraries, media and culture, within the regional framework of Africa’s Information Society Initiative AISI.

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