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Achieving Millennium Development Goals Through Community Software Presentation By: Bildad Kagai Free Software & Open Source Foundation For Africa (FOSSFA) P.O.Box 20311-00200 Tetu Flats-Opp Liason Hse,State Hse Avenue Nairobi Tel:254-20-2728332 Fax:254-20-2726965 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Free Software & Open Source Foundation For Africa (FOSSFA)
Tetu Flats-Opp Liason Hse,State Hse Avenue Nairobi
This presentation will introduce:
“ SOFTWARE INCAPABLE OF CREATING MONOPOLIES”
“SOFTWARE THAT PROMOTES SHARING”
“SOFTWARE THAT MAINTAINS YOUR FREEDOM”
Promoting FOSS in Governments will help in achieving the following MDGs :
Increased use of FOSS is sustainable development, because FOSS is a technology that the local people (in Africa or anywhere) can understand, maintain, and adapt to other needs.
Use of non-FOSS software is not true development, because the users are helplessly and permanently dependent on a single developer, who alone can fix or change it. In addition, closed software creates a user only community, preventing users from becoming developers of software.
The Second Pan African Conference on Digital Commons to be held at the Nairobi Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from the 23rd to 25th February 2006.
The first IDLELO Conference which attracted over 250 delegates was held in January 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa.
During the Africa Development Forum (ADF4) held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia in 2004, Delegates requested the working group on ICTs and Governance to explore the challenges that hinder active participation of young Women in Software Development. IDLELO2 was identified as a potential opportunity to gather opinion on this issue.
UNECA: UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA
UNCTAD: UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT
1. FOSS & Gender. Role of FOSS in Civil Society - May 2005
2. FOSS & Education - June 2005
3. FOSS & E-Government - July 2005
4. FOSS & Health - August 2005
5. FOSS & Local Entrepreneurship - September 2005
6. FOSS Challenges related to Internet Governance, Access & Bandwidth- October 2005
7. FOSS Challenges related to Intellectual Proper Rights &
Copyrights. - November 2005
8. Stimulating a FOSS Industry in Africa - December 2005.