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.
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).
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).