The Goals
of The Initiative


Drive awareness and build understanding of the importance of the DNSSEC, and to increase DNSSEC adoption and deployment in Africa.


Spearhead DNSSEC deployment and validation by conducting capacity development and hands-on training sessions called “deployathons” in at least 15 additional countries in Africa in three years.

What Will This Initiative Achieve?

Africa lags behind other regions in the world in deploying DNSSEC. The DNSSEC roadshows will address that lag by raising awareness on how DNSSEC strengthens authentication in the DNS using digital signatures based on a public key that adds data origin authentication and data integrity protection. This encourages deployment and contributes to achieving a better protected DNS and more secure Internet infrastructure in Africa. 

As a result of increased awareness, we expect greater adoption of DNSSEC by registries and registrars, as well as DNSSEC validation by network operators in Africa, resulting in:

  • Overall improved DNSSEC deployment across many ccTLDs in Africa.
  • Increased uptake of DNSSEC at the second and third levels of domain names.
  • An online DNS resource portal and library.
  • More secure and resilient DNS infrastructure in Africa.
  • Greater percentage of DNSSEC validation among African DNS Operators.

Applications Now Closed

The project will select up to 13 ccTLD operators to participate in the DNSSEC Roadshows Project. However, please note that the application window for the initial seven slots, which were available for ICANN fiscal year 2024 (July 2023 - June 2024), is now closed.

Selected ccTLD operators will receive technical training and support for DNSSEC deployment and validation. They will also be invited to co-host a training session for Internet Service Providers and network operators in their respective countries to build awareness and understanding of the importance of the DNSSEC.

Eligibility And Requirements


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