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 Africa (now part of GIZ). In addition to a programme and news section below, some key presentations, course material and publications are available, as well as information on FOSS action in Asia. 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 Africa.
Main programme I: ict@innovation – Creating Business and Learning Opportunities with Free and Open Source Software in Africa
The ict@innovation programme has been building capacities in African ICT small and medium enterprises to make a business with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Through enhanced knowledge on FOSS business models in African contexts, FOSS technical certifications, and practical skills in FOSS application development, ict@innovation aims to encourage the growth of African ICT industries, particularly in Southern and East Africa. ict@innovation is a community programme of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), which was co-founded by FOSSFA and GIZ (formerly InWEnt).
- Meet the ict@innovation community at http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/
- Get all news and infos on ict@innovation as available on this blog.
- Download free training material & guides on FOSS business models, linux admin skills etc.
Main programme II: it@ab – the Southern African Network on “Information Technology in African Business”
it@ab – the Southern African Network on “Information Technology in African Business” provided state of the art know-how in the field of ICT and opens e-business opportunities to enterprises, institutions as well as governmental and educational/commercial organisations. it@ab promoted local business development as well as regional business cooperation and connected the movers and shakers of ICT in SADC. InWEnt in cooperation with reputed IT consulting firms, IT training institutions, business promotion agencies and universities as well as internet service providers established it@ab from 2000 to 2006 in the SADC region (Angola, Malawi, Mosambique, Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia). Overall, more than 80 IT business multipliers and trainers were trained through an advanced leadership programme in Germany.