The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has stated in a new strategy paper, that “Information and communications technology (ICT)” are “key technologies for sustainable development”.
In the paper (BMZ Strategy Paper 2 | 2013e), the ict@innovation programme is featured and serves as example to highlight the priority area of “IT sector development” and to stress the potential of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for sustainable development.
The strategy affirms that, “local experts play a key role in operating, upgrading and troubleshooting complex ICT applications to safeguard their long-term sustainability. Free and open source software (FOSS) is available to users without paying licence fees and grants them the right to use, change, localise and improve the software. FOSS is becoming increasingly important in developing countries, where it opens up new business opportunities for IT entrepreneurs. Together with the global ‘open source movement’ which is currently gaining momentum, FOSS offers new long-term resources for local ICT-based processes and product innovations. German development cooperation offers comprehensive capacity development measures for SMEs working in the field of ICT …”.
So congratulations to all, who have been engaged and are engaged with FOSS and the ict@innnovation communities in Africa in order to contribute to the overall vision of “creating business and learning opportunities with free and open source software in Africa”.
For more on FOSS in the strategy paper, check particularly page 21ff: