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The challenge of promoting FOSS in Africa

I have been involved in FOSS advocacy in Kenya for the last 7 years. My love affair with FOSS started when I was looking for a content management system (CMS) for a sports portal I was proposing to develop back in 2003. I looked around and what I saw was not impressive. The figures that were being quoted for applications like octigon were basically far out of reach for me as i was just starting out in my consulting business (BTW, just google that name and see what happened to them).

ICT@Innovation - short news update

All over Africa information and communication technologies (ICT) are gaining increasing importance and businesses realize the need for a secure and efficient ICT infrastructure. Although many businesses still rely on proprietary software solutions, the demand for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) solutions and support thereof is constantly on the rise. As FOSS solutions are becoming more mature and often provide the same or better functionality as their proprietary counterparts, albeit being free of licensing costs, these solutions are very attractive for the African market.

Celebrating Software Freedom Day 2009 by Promoting International Networking

This year, to celebrate SFD, InWEnt hosted a virtual event to connect its programme partners in Asia and Africa working to promote FOSS.

Call for Training of Trainers published -- apply now!

Wanted: Future trainers on “Free & Open Source Business Models for
Africa” in East and Southern Africa!

    Application Deadline is May 30, 2009.

Are you interested in building a successful business in Free/Open
Source Software (FOSS), and in helping others to do the same?

Do you have a solid background in business and FOSS?

Do you have experience in training others, and/or are you part of
a training institution?

Then respond by MAY 30 to become part of an exciting training
programme on building businesses with Free/Open Source Software.

The call for participants in the Training of Trainers is now open

WYSIWYG Editor now available for this ict@innovation blog

A message from the technical team: The xinha / htmlarea editor is now available for you to edit using an Rich Text Editor (RTE) :)


Would you like to join our network of editors on the ict@innovation site? Please let us know if you would like to use this space to report about your activities in the context of ict@innovation and FOSS business in Africa.


Steering Committee Group

Welcome to the Steering Committe web-group - a platform for the main partners of the ict@innovation programme to exchange information, up-date each other on events, activites, and programme progress. Available functions include: A group calendar, a group wiki (check it for updates e.g.

ict@innovation - Creating Business and Learning Opportunities with Free and Open Source Software in Africa


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The ict@innovation programme builds capacities in African small and medium ICT enterprises and supports Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) powered business. ict@innovation aims to encourage the growth of African ICT industries through three main actions:


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