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FOSS Certification Planning Workshop: Part III - Programme Planning

The third workshop part focused on concrete recommendations by the workshop participants for the ict@innovation FOSS Certification programme. The outcomes provide building blocks as an input to detailed programme planning and development.

Short-Term and Long-Term Perspectives

  • The ideal vision of FOSS certification in Africa, and what would be feasible in the short term, within the duration of the remaining 2 years of the ict@innovation programme, diverged.

FOSS Certification Planning Workshop: Part II - Ideas + Inputs for FOSS Certification Programme

Reasons for past challenges with international FOSS certifications in Africa


Several attempts to promote FOSS certification in Africa have been made in the past. However, at this point they are not widely known nor available in African countries. We discussed the possible reasons for past failures (which we want to avoid in the ict@innovation approach).

FOSS Certification Planning Workshop: Analysis of Issues

Training and Certification Criteria

Question to the group:

Which criteria do we need to consider when designing the ict@innovation FOSS certification programme? What are the issues regarding these criteria? And how do existing FOSS training and certification schemes meet these criteria?

Outcomes of the FOSS certification planning workshop

FOSS Certification Planning Workshop Overview

Date: 15 – 17 October 2008
Location: Sunnyside Park Hotel, Johannesburg
Number of Participants: 21 people, including facilitators
Countries: South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana, Germany

Workshop Outline

The overall workshop objective was

ict@innovation in 2008

Looking back at the first year of the ict@innovation programme, we have updated the "Activities" section with an overview of programme milestones in 2008, and a brief outlook for next year. A summary of the outcomes of the FOSS certification planning workshop is one of the new pages added.

We would like to thank all of you, who have contributed to make the programme initiatives possible and successful. We wish all site visitors a very happy and merry Christmas, Season's Greetings and a happy New Year. Best Wishes for 2009!

ict@innovation: Call for training institutions for FOSS Business Models

ict@innovation is currently gathering a group of African training institutions that are interested in joining in the regional trainings on African Business Models based on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The training institutions can be universities, vocational training centers, private training organizations or consultancy businesses in Southern and East Africa in the field of IT and/or business. Participants are expected to integrate a course on FOSS business models in Africa in their training portfolio.

skunkworks@innovation - Local Kenyan Software

The Kenyan organization Skunkworks organized an ICT Open Day today, Oct. 4th, 08, in Nairobi. The event featured a variety of local (mostly open source) software projects and their developers -

Public Software Procurement Workshop in Kenya

The Linux Professional Association of Kenya (LPA Kenya) conducted a forward-looking workshop on "Accelerating Achievement of Vision 2030 through Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)" on 5 September 2008 in Nairobi. About 20 participants, both Kenyan FOSS advocates and government officers, discussed issues of government software procurement. Apart from presenting his research on government spending on software to the Public Procurement Oversight Authority, Alex Gakuru also introduced participants to the ict@innovation programme.

Component A Scenario: Networking and Management

== Preparation == * Partner Selection and Coordination * Networking Activities for Pillar A == Ongoing Management Activities == * Partner Communication * Coordination of training institutes * Reporting * Monitoring and Evaluation * Development of a questionnaire to assess skills prior to the traings/interventions * Comparison of the questionnaire used to asses skills of training participants after the interventions * Website Editor for Topics on Pillar A Blogs (ict@innovation portal) and other relevant online content

Component A Scenario: National Follow-Up Trainings

* Sustainability of the programme is ensured by creating a community of practice around the development of the course materials and keeping them closely involved throughout the course of the programme == National Follow-Ups == * After the completion of the regional trainings and the „Train the Trainer“ phase of the programme, a roll out on a national level into the partaking countries is planned. * The trainers partaking in the regional training courses will need to be equipped to act as multipliers in their own countries.

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