German Government funds German-African research partnerships to build ICT study courses in Africa – BMBF releases call for proposals with a funding of up to €150,000 per course and year

March 8, 2012 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn

What the call is about: The German Government via its Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) released a call to fund research partnerships between German Research institutions and partners in Subsaharan Africa. One of the main goals is to build  African ICT study courses and to fund exploratory measures / pilot measures in  “Applied information and communication technologies (ICT)”  via German-African research partnerships.

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Dortmund: Balthas Seibold speaks at seminar on “Strengthening Innovation Systems in the Context of Development Cooperation”

October 8, 2009 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source IT business

Innovation: What role for ICTs and for Open approaches? This has been a guiding question for a joint talk by gtz’s Thorsten Scherf and InWEnt’s Balthas Seibold at a symposium and seminar organized in Dortmund for gtz staff and other experts on innovation systems promotion. Balthas Seibold pointed out, how we might be moving from the Digital Divide to an Innovation Divide, how ICTs and „Open Innovation“ is linked to the example of Free and Open Source Software and what role the knowledge commons may play for innovation. For an overview of the seminar’s programm, see the Agenda, for details on the input, see the presentation slides.

After UN Info-Summit – InWEnt’s networks on ICT capacity building reinforced

November 19, 2005 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source IT business

wsis_logoThe second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society closed on Thursday 18 November 2005 after almost a week of intense negotiations, plenary sessions, a large ICT for all exhibition and parallel events attracting around 19.000 participants from more than 800 entities including UN agencies, private sector companies and civil society organizations. For more information on InWEnt’s action at WSIS II, see full text of the press release (now at the Internet Archive) by Balthas Seibold.