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The following page provides an overview of some of the activities, which Balthas Seibold has implemented for InWEnt – Capacity Building International of Germany related to Asia (now part of GIZ). The main programmes presented are it@foss, FOSS Bridge EU-Asia and it@coops. In addition to a programme and news section below, some key presentations, course material and publications are available, as well as information on Open Source action in Africa. The issue of “Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Development” is a common thrust of most of the programmes and news. Therfore, a special section on this site reports on some of the definitions, advantages and challenges related to FOSS in the field of capacity building. Below, you find all  major programmes blogging related to FOSS and Asia.

Main programme I: it@foss – Promoting Free and Open Source Software in Southeast Asia

it@foss – Promoting Free and Open Source Software in Southeast Asia
it-foss supported the development and application of local innovative software solutions and business models based on free and open source software (FOSS) in the ASEAN region.The main countries of implementation were Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam.

More information on it@foss is online on this blog, see entries below, also check the former website at http://www.it-foss.org (now on the Internet Archive).

Main programme II: FOSS Bridge EU-Asia – Joint Business through Free and Open Source Software

FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam
The main goal of “FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam – Joint Business through Free and Open Source Software” was to strengthen Southeast Asian software industries and to boost cooperation with Europe through innovative collaboration on FOSS and business development. FOSS Bridge Eu-Vietnam is an ASIA-Invest Programme implemented by InWEnt – Capacity Building International of Germany, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA) of France and the Institute of Information Technology in Vietnam (IOIT) of Vietnam with financial support by the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

More information on FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam is online, see news below or tag foss-bridge. You may also check the former website at http://www.foss-bridge.org. (Now on the Internet Archive).

Main programme III: it@coops: Information Technology for Asian Cooperatives

it@coops: Information Technology for Asian Cooperatives
The project it@coops – Information Technology for South East Asian cooperatives- provides poverty-oriented cooperatives in Southeast Asia with basic and advanced IT skills and stimulates virtual cooperation. The programme was initiated by the Asian Women in Cooperative Development Forum(AWCF) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. It is implemented jointly with the Credit Union League of Thailand (CULT), Thailand, the Forum for Indonesian Cooperatives Movement (FORMASI Indonesia), Indonesia and the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), Philippines. The initial phase from 2004 to 2007 was financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

More information on it@coops is online, see news below or tag it@coops. Also check the former website at http://www.it-coops.org (Now on the Internet Archive).

Made in my backyard – by and for the world. third day of re:publica is starting

Made in my backyard – by and for the world. third day of re:publica is starting

  Bas van Abel, head of the design lab at waag society, Netherlands had a great session where he spoke about empowering people and fixing our economy by moving to open peer-to-peer production communities. He gave examples of concrete work with miners in Congo, and prosthesis-makers in Indonesia. Bas starts with a quote from Oscar
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India, the (knowledge) commons and a plan for the future of democracy

India, the (knowledge) commons and a plan for the future of democracy

It is rare these days to see high-level government thinkers talk about the commons. Here is one: Arun Maira of Indias Planning Commission makes the point that commons-based models are important tools to plan for the future of democracy worldwide. Here is the summary: “The world is full of complex problems, but humanity’s main organizational
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Regional Alumni Conference in Southeast Asia discusses Open Source for Healthcare, other topics

Regional Alumni Conference in Southeast Asia discusses Open Source for Healthcare, other topics

So this is me at InWEnt’s first regional Alumni Conference for Southeast Asia in Hanoi, Vietnam. At the conference, I was acting as a moderator of a Workshop on “open source for healthcare” (Link now to latest version of page on the Internet Archive. Here’s a gist of the workshop as summarized back then: Free
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Silang – the Philippines: Asia Source 3 Meeting Reinforces Asian Free and Open Source Software Movement

Silang – the Philippines: Asia Source 3 Meeting Reinforces Asian Free and Open Source Software Movement

While most technology conferences happen as swanky, slick, and well-rehearsed events, the recently concluded Asia Source 3 took the opposite track and ran a camp that was spartan yet spontaneous. From November 7 to 12, 2009, Asia Source 3 gathered 150 representatives from Southeast Asia to discuss developments in open source. For those six days,
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Drive for change! Balthas Seibold opens FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam conferences in Hanoi

Drive for change! Balthas Seibold opens FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam conferences in Hanoi

More than 80 IT experts gathered on 14 November 2008 at “Drive for change”, a conference on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) held at Horison Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. Carried out as part of the FOSS-Bridge EU-Vietnam initiative, the event was organized by InWEnt of Germany, INRIA of France, and the Institute of Information
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New compilation of training material on Open Source Business Models for Development online

The it@inwent team recently added a new section to their website. This sites provides an overview of InWEnt’s main capacity building programmes and trainings in the area of “FOSS Business Models and Sustainable Development” as well as its respective training materials. Co-Editor Balthas Seibold explains that “business models based on FOSS offer great potential for
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Empowering Co-operatives in Southeast Asia through Information Technology

Empowering Co-operatives in Southeast Asia through Information Technology

Staff of co-operatives from Indonesia, Thailand, and Philippines who were trained as Information Technology (IT) Specialists by the “Information Technology for Southeast Asian Co-operatives (it@coops) Project” gathered together for the “Regional Forum on it@coops: Empowering Co-operatives through Information Technology” held November 19-21, 2007, Antipolo City, Philippines. The Project is implemented from 2004-2007 in co-ops affiliated
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Over 40 IT-companies cross FOSS Bridge between Europe and Vietnam

Over 40 IT-companies cross FOSS Bridge between Europe and Vietnam

Hanoi: A total of 42 agreements of cooperation were reached between Vietnamese and European business partners at the end of the first matchmaking event of the project “FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam” for small and medium-sized IT enterprises in Hanoi, Vietnam. Satisfied by the success of the very first twinning event in the field of open source,
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EU-Vietnamese IT project launched at CeBIT 2007

On the 15th of March, Balthas Seibold presented a new European-Vietnamese Project at the “CeBIT” in Hannover, the world’s largest IT trade fair. He officially launched the project on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) cooperation at the LinuxForum. Until 2009 the twinning project will train Vietnamese software enterprises and developers and initiate joint software
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Indonesian Minister supports training camp of BMZ/InWEnt/UNDP

Indonesian Minister supports training camp of BMZ/InWEnt/UNDP

Over 140 IT professionals of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from more than 27 countries gathered at Sukabumi, Indonesia for a nine-day Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) conference and training camp called “ASIA SOURCE II” from 22 to 30 January 2007. The Indonesian Minister for Research and Technology, Mr. Kusmayanto Kadiman showed
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FOSS@Work in Manila, Philippines

Over 50 participants from Southeast Asian countries explored the chances for economic and social development through Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) at the “first FOSS@Work International Conference-Workshop for Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SME) in the I.T. Industry”, held at the Heritage Hotel Manila, Philippines from November 12th to 15th, 2006. In his opening speech, Balthas Seibold
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COSGov Vietnam – Building cooperation via open-source for eGovernance

COSGov Vietnam – Building cooperation via open-source for eGovernance

Open source software can boost economy, battle pirated software in Vietnam, concludes International Conference COSGov.The event was organized by InWEnt’s ICT team and opened by Balthas Seibold on 28 September 2005. More than 300 IT-Experts, governmental representatives and entrepreneurs had gathered in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi from 28-30 September 2005 for “COSGov Vietnam – Building cooperation
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