Statement of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA)

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Statement of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA)

Preamble

The potential of Open Source will improve productivity and quality of life in developing countries. The process of transformation into information societies requires the full participation of all member states.

Vision

Our vision is to promote sustainable, viable and cost effective software products for Africa through education and local capacity building.

Principles

Africa should investigate how to leverage the opportunities presented by the emergency of Open Source Software in the context of limited financial resources and expertise.

Specifics

Africa can bridge the Digital Divide by adopting Open Source thus narrowing the effect of techno-colonialism.

Plan of action

It is envisaged FOSSFA in partnership with Governments, Inter-governmental organisations, civil societies and other stakeholders will spearhead initiatives that build skills through education and empowerment of women and youth.

Lobby all stakeholders to adopt open source as the platform to engineer solutions that meets the needs of the people.

Strategies

FOSSFA will:

i. Create an awareness of Free Software and Open Source in Africa;

ii. Build capacity in Free Software and Open Source;

iii. Develop a knowledge warehouse of expertise in Africa.

iv. Develop the African Open Source Portal.

We intend to achieve these by:

i. Lobbying key organs such as Africa Union, UNECA, UNDP, Agence la Francophonie and NEPAD among others to support open source development in Africa.

ii. Leveraging various free and open source capacities and resources in Africa.

iii. Lobbying donor governments and other institutions to tie ICT funding to free and open source software.

iv. Lobbying African governments to adopt free and open source software.

v. Promoting open source capacity and skill development in Africa through education with emphasis on women and youth.

Comments

One Response to “Statement of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA)”

  1. Derick Odemba
    May 4th, 2004 @ 12:00 am

    It is common knowledge that africa risks being left out of the Global Infomation Society. Worse still the digital is also acutely being experience within africa itself. Thesolution lies in capacity building of the african people especially the youth. Given the levels of poverty in the continent, Open source is the way to go as costs are greatly reduced. We should shun attempts of Proprietory developers to armtwist us in lopsided agreements.

    I am a volunteer with VSO in Mozambique as ICT trainer.Specifically I train on Computer Repair & Maintenance, and Open Source.

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