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Implementing Partners


fossfa-logo-50.pngFOSSFA - The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA)


FOSSFA partners with GIZ to implement the ict@innovation programme. FOSSFA is the premier African FOSS organization. The vision of FOSSFA is to promote the use of FOSS and the FOSS model in African development, and the organization supports the integration of FOSS in national policies. FOSSFA also coordinates, promotes, and adds value to African FOSS initiatives, creativity, industry, expertise, efforts and activities at all levels.

To become a FOSSFA member, please fill the FOSSFA Membership Application .

Please also check the page on acknowledgements to some of the contributors, who are heavily investing in ict@innovation.



Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
(until 2011: InWEnt - Capacity Building International, Germany, now part of GIZ)   

Broad-based expertise for sustainable development – under one roof

Working efficiently, effectively and 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. This is what the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is all about. Established on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German development service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical cooperation) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe.

OpenIT@giz – Open Innovation for Development

OpenIT@giz supports its partners in Africa and Asia to provide advanced knowledge in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Open Innovation and Open Source Software. The key objectives of the OpenIT@giz programs (formerly: it@inwent programmes) are to strengthen IT sectors, foster open innovation for sustainable economic development, and use ICTs as enabling tools for poverty reduction. Open IT@giz focuses on providing advanced IT training and building regional peer-to-peer expert networks as part of Human Capacity Building of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Key themes are Free and Open Source Software and its business models, the interaction of intellectual property rights and open innovation, the knowledge commons, open licences and collaborative innovation in Africa and Southeast Asia. Our main goal is to foster the freedom to innovate - in IT and beyond.

Learn more about the programme management team, the steering committee and the advisory board of ict@innovation.

Contact the programme management team.



Funding / Strategic Partners

bmz_4c_m_en.gifGerman Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The BMZ is the main funder of ict@innovation and shareholder of InWEnt, representing the Federal Republic of Germany.

More information is online here:



OSISAlogo_100.jpg  Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) 


OSISA supports ict@innovation on a strategic level. The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is a leading Johannesburg-based foundation established in 1997, working in ten Southern Africa countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As a foundation, OSISA provides African leadership in the definition and development, within the specificities of Southern African realities, of the concept and ideals of an open society.


FTA_Logo_2_color.png    The Free Technology Academy (FTA) Europe

The Free Technology Academy (FTA), financially supported by the Life Long Learning programme (LLP) of the European Commission, is a collaboration between the Netherlands-based Free Knowledge Institute and three European universities. Following the signature of a letter of intent, the African ict@innovation community now has access to FTA's European expertise and advanced online training courses such as “Legal aspects of the Information Society” or “Network Technologies”. On the other hand, ict@innovation is sharing its wealth of expertise with the FTA community in areas such as the economic aspects of FOSS and capacity building material on African business models. Overall, the partnership reinforces regional, subregional and national networking, peer learning and outreach on key issues such as FOSS business models and local innovative FOSS-applications. More information on the partnership.

For more info on FTA, see


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images.jpg United Nation's University's Maastricht Economic and social Research and Training Center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)

UNU-MERIT is a joint research and training centre of United Nations University (UNU) and Maastricht University, The Netherlands. As the United Nation's University's Maastricht Economic and social Research and Training Center on Innovation and Technology, UNU-MERIT provides insights into the social, political and economic factors that drive technological change and innovation. The Centre's research and training programmes address a broad range of policy questions relating to the national and international governance of science, technology and innovation, with a particular focus on the creation, diffusion and access to knowledge.
Within UNU-MERIT, the Collaborative Creativity Group (CCG) investigates the socio-economic aspects of collaboration across all domains. It examines the mechanisms that enable people and companies to innovate together, and helps policymakers to create a positive environment for creativity and innovation, promoting economic growth and social welfare.


aiti5.jpg The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE)

The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE), Ghana's first Advanced Information Technology Institute works to stimulate the growth of the ICT Sector in ECOWAS. Established in 2003, through a partnership between the Government of Ghana and the Government of India, this state-of the-art facility provides a dynamic environment for innovation, teaching and learning as well as practical research on the application of ICT4D in Africa.


JumpingBean - approved Linux Professional Institute (LPI) training partner

 (Training partner of ict@innovation for regional Linux Administration Training of Trainer: First and second regional ToT course) :

JumpingBean of South Africa  started in June 2001 with the firm belief that the open source integration and Java development market in South Africa was being under-serviced by existing software development houses and system integrators. Existing service and product providers focused solely on implementing solutions on proprietary platforms and technologies with the concomitant increased total cost of ownership and vendor lock-in for customers. With this understanding Jumping Bean aims to provide high quality, cost effective open source solutions to the South African market, with one focus on Linux Training and Cerfication. Jumping Bean is an approved Linux Professional Institute (LPI) training partner.




Outreach partners


ict@innovation relies on a variety of international, regional and national, African implementing and outreach partners and participants such as IT associations, ICT training institutions, universities, and other change agents.

For an overview of the growing community of ict@innovation, browse the web community by organizations or by individuals.