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AFRIK-IT October 2005

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Africa Source II

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Steve Song <[log in to unmask]>

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Africa Source II - Free and Open Source Software for Local Communities
Kalangala, Uganda - Jan 08-Jan 15, 2006

Africa Source II will be an eight day hands-on workshop aimed at 
building the technical skills of those working with NGOs on the 
continent. It will take place in one of the most beautiful parts of the 
Kalangala Island on Victoria Lake during the beginning of January 2006.

Africa Source II will bring together more than 100 NGOs and NGO 
technology support professionals working at the local level across the 
region, together with a handful of field leaders from Africa, Europe, 
North America and Asia. Africa Source II will be a free and open source 
software (FOSS) event. It's primary goal will be to increase the 
practical use of FOSS desktop applications and tools amongst the non 
profit sector in Africa.

Specifically, Africa Source II will focus on how Free and Open Source 
Software (FOSS) can be integrated into the mission-critical work of 
NGO's. We will be bringing together nearly 100 NGO Support Professionals 
and NGO Staff from across Africa to learn new skills, exchange tips, and 
share experiences. All participants will have a history of work with 
service and advocacy NGOs, educational organisations, NGO resource 
centres, community centres and health information organisations.

Participants with a range of experience will learn from one another 
about how FOSS can help make their NGO's more efficient, build capacity 
and assure that they are complying with software licensing laws. They 
will be given an opportunity to develop their understanding of FOSS, 
including exploring the challenges and the future potential of FOSS 
adoption. There will be a range of sessions for participants to take 
part in and will include:

     * How to help NGO's plan for, migrate to and adopt FOSS applications
     * How to use FOSS applications to handle information, publish
       content using citizen's media tools and engage constituency
     * How FOSS can increase accessibility through localization,
       translation into local language and dialects

During these sessions participants will get an opportunity to learn from 
peers about how FOSS has impacted their work through case studies and 
skill shares. The workshops will be lead by a range of facilitators from 
the respective region with strong experience in deploying free and open 
source solutions and of working in the non-profit sector. They will be 
joined by a handful of others with relevant experiences from developing 
and transition countries, as well as a select number of leaders in from 
specific fields

The camp will focus on learning by doing, rather than by listening. We 
aim for a "workshop vibe" as opposed to a "conference vibe"; we hope 
that elements like the location, shared housing, and the nature of the 
sessions keep the energy level high and the interest in active 
participation over passive learning strong. Like other source events, 
Africa Source II will be intentionally designed to foster community 
building, this creates an atmosphere conducive to learning, but more 
importantly is essential if longer term relationships are to be built.

Building on the previous Africa Source event (Namibia, March 2004), 
which brought together African FOSS developers working in the social 
sector, Africa Source II will work at the next level to bring together 
those working at the complimentary intermediary level. Besides new 
ideas, skills and contacts that participants will gain they will also 
leave the workshop equipped with an event specific version of 
NGO-in-a-box, a collection of Free and Open Source Software that will be 
relevant to their work.

The Association for Progressive Communication APC (regional network), 
Fantsuam Foundation (Nigeria), Schoolnet Africa (regional network), 
Translate.org.za, WOUGNET (Uganda) and The Tactical Technology 
Collective (the Netherlands) will collaborate to organise the content of 
the workshop and to build strong relationships between the participants. 
The project partners are committed to examining the challenges of 
implementing FOSS in the African context, stretching its potential to 
fit the needs on the ground, and building local capacities to realise 
this. Our local partners there are East African Center for Open Source 
(EACOSS), Linux Solutions and WOUGNET.

We are able to organise Africa Source II thanks to generous support from 
  IDRC - The International Development Research Centre 
(http://www.idrc.ca/), OSI - Open Society Institute Information Program
(http://www.soros.org/initiatives/information) and OSISA Open Society 
Initiative for South Africa (http://www.osisa.org/).

Previous source events have taken place in Croatia - September 2003, 
Namibia - March 2004 and India - February 2005. As well as in Middle 
East & Northern Africa future source events will take place in Central 
Asia (http://www.tacticaltech.org/fossroad) and Middle East. Interaction 
and learning between these regional events is facilitated through the 
exchange of project models and individual expertise.

For more information please visit http://www.tacticaltech.org/africasource2

We are now accepting applications! The deadline for sending in 
applications is October 15th, 2005. Please find the form here 
http://www.tacticaltech.org/africasource2/applications

Participants will be selected by the Advisory Group based on their 
interest and experiences. There will be a small registration fee for the 
event. A limited number of travel and registration fee scholarships will 
be available and may be applied for on application. If you would like to 
receive an application form or have any questions please write to 
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-- 
Steve Song <[log in to unmask]>
Manager ICT4D Africa Programs
http://www.connectivityafrica.org
http://www.idrc.ca/acacia
International Development Research Centre
Tel. +1 613 236 6163 x2268  Mobile: +1 613 799 1152
Email to SMS address:  [log in to unmask]

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