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1 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Innovative Local FOSS Applications for Socio-Economic Development 03/05/2011 by George Nyambuya, Project Manager

2 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Overview of GIZ (former InWEnt) Introduction to „The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH“ & its Human Capacity Building work at

3 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit,GIZ  Purpose of the organization GIZ’s purpose is to promote international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work. As a 100% federally owned, public-benefit enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its development policy goals.

4 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit,GIZ  GIZ Overview and History Established on 1 January 2011, GIZ brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of DED, GTZ und InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. Our registered offices are in Bonn and Eschborn. Working in a spirit of partnership, we support people and societies in developing, transition and industrialised countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions.

5 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Programme Partners Partners:

6 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia What goal?: Building capacities in African small and medium ICT enterprises to make a business with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Encourage the growth of African ICT industries, particularly in Southern and East Africa (first phase). Since when?: 2008 – 2012 Which main themes?: 1) Spreading FOSS business models for enterprises in Africa 2) Fostering FOSS certification 3) Supporting innovative local FOSS applications for social and economic development. 4) Regional networking and international exchange Programme Overview

7 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Capacity Building What goal?: Building capacities in African small and medium ICT enterprises to make a business with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Encourage the growth of African ICT industries, particularly in Southern and East Africa (first phase). Since when?: 2008 – 2012 Which main themes?: 1) Spreading FOSS business models for enterprises in Africa 2) Fostering FOSS certification 3) Supporting innovative local FOSS applications for social and economic development. 4) Regional networking and international exchange

8 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Capacity Building  Programme Overview: Capacity Building Pillar A: African FOSS Business Models and skills for ICT-based SME to deliver innovative and appropriate FOSS products, services and training Pillar B: Spreading FOSS Certification - Quality management for FOSS Services through certification Pillar C: Innovative local FOSS Applications for social and economic development Pillar D: Crosscutting: Regional networking and international exchange

9 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Selected Achievement I 1) More than 90 African FOSS business experts networked and capacitated in the topic of African FOSS business models through four regional training of trainer programmes, Jointly conducted by FOSSFA and InWEnt, with the following lead training partners: The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) and UNU- MERIT, a joint research centre of United Nations University (UNU) and Maastricht University, Netherlands

10 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Core of of training material  Content Eight in depth case studies of African IT-businesses and organizations who make business around FOSS – and provide numerous business models suited to the African context such as Software Selection, Software Installation, FOSS Training, Maintenance and Support, Software / Systems Migration, Consultancy, Software Localization and Internalization, FOSS Customization as well as Technical / Legal Certification.

11 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (i) Module 1: Introduction to Emerging FOSS Business Models (ii) Module 2: African Business Models: Case Studies (iii) Module 3: Communicating FOSS (iv) Module 4: Introduction to General Business Skills (v) Module 5: FOSS Specific Business Knowledge and Skills (vi) Module 6: FOSS Training Core of of training material

12 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Map of case studies featured in training material Map of Case Studies

13 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Collaborative open training material on FOSS business models for enterprises in Africa 2) Knowledge on African FOSS business models captured in collaborative open training material and published as "Free your IT-Business in Africa! - Advanced Training Material on African Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Business Models for IT-SMEs" Online at:

14 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Selected achievements II:FOSS Certification Expected outcome: increase the quality of services of IT-enterprises and the level of trust of customers in enterprises and FOSS experts Research and Preparation for Training Material Development and Training- of-Trainers for FOSS certification Supervision of Open Training Course Material Development Regional Trainings of trainers for FOSS Certification in Africa Preparation of national follow-up trainings of trainers for FOSS Certification Development of a sustainable strategy for FOSS Certification in Africa Promotion + Advocacy Online Community Creation and Coordination

15 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia After planning process and Africa-wide open call kick-start in April 2010 of the: Mentored Internship Programme as a partnership of and AVOIR, the African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources Network. Selected achievements III: Supporting innovative local FOSS applications for social and economic development

16 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Vision of the mentored internship program: to create a broader base of FOSS developers in Africa to stimulate the creation of more innovative local FOSS solutions within the African context. Key Objectives Improve on the FOSS practical programming capacities in Africa Empower more Africans to contribute to local and international FOSS projects Adapt or develop FOSS software solutions that are relevant to local needs. Selected achievements III: Supporting innovative local FOSS applications for social and economic development

17 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Vision of the mentored internship program: to create a broader base of FOSS developers in Africa to stimulate the creation of more innovative local FOSS solutions within the African context. Key Objectives Improve on the FOSS practical programming capacities in Africa Empower more Africans to contribute to local and international FOSS projects Adapt or develop FOSS software solutions that are relevant to local needs. The Mentored Internship Programme

18 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia The Mentored Internship Project (FOSS Applications Development) Target groups: - developers, who employed at IT-SME in the partner countries - qualified (post-)graduate students at the AVOIR nodes as prospective FOSS developers. Geographical reach: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia (1st phase) West Africa included in the second phase Start: October 2010 Duration: 1 Semester (6 months)

19 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia At least 50 FOSS developers and experts of IT- associations, training institutions as well as other relevant change agents are qualified in the development of innovative local FOSS solutions, which are relevant for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and the public sector. Thereby, the number of skilled FOSS-experts is increased by 50 and more African FOSS solutions are developed which are of high quality and address local needs. Performance Objective: Mentored Internship Programme

20 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Structure

21 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Web 2.0 enabled rapid application development framework for creating web applications - platform independent, browser independent - Over 200 modules of functionality are already available - to create a content management system, a feature-rich e-learning platform, a group-based collaboration platform, a blogging system that allows posting from mobile phones, and many other applications. The Mentored Internship Programme is training programmers In Chisimba MIP Example Project: Chisimba

22 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Recommendations 1) African countries develop ICT policies on Open Standards in general, and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in particular, with a view to ensuring that procurement and promotion of ICTs provide a level playing field for proprietary and FOSS software 2)UNECA to include the promotion of FOSS in its ICT promotion and development program. Toward this end, UNECA should develop strong, fruitful partnerships with FOSS advocacy groups such as the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), as well as UNESCO and other UN agencies

23 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Recommendations 3) African governments work together to implement FOSS recommendations emanating from CODI IV, including raising awareness about FOSS and building capacity in FOSS, encouraging the participation of FOSS communities in NICI formulation and implementation, and that ECA should support member states to develop capacity in FOSS 4 ) collection and analysis of accurate and complete data on government expenditure on proprietary and non-proprietary software with a view toward determining trends in expenditure, value for money, and involvement of local software companies in government procurement

24 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Join: The new ICT4D Program GIZ/FOSSFA

25 The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology CODIST-II 2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Contact and more information contact Africa George G. Nyambuya contacts Europe Balthas Seibold & Petra Hagemann


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