Development agency urges open source for Africa

To be frank, developing countries ought to consider OSS as it is free and available for use wherever a need presents itself. Apparently, I am not alone with this belief…

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) is urging African countries to embrace open source software, in a bid to encourage indigenous software development.

There have been a number of open-source initiatives on the continent, including for example Impi Linux (Overview, Articles, Company), a South African project. However, open-source technology is not that widely used in the region, according to Abel Chambeshi, Zambia’s minister of Transport and Communications.

Chambeshi, after helping to kick off an international workshop on free and open source software last week, told the IDG News Service that NEPAD has issued guidelines on open-source usage to try boost the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in Africa. NEPAD is based in Johannesburg and is chartered to finance development projects in Africa. [Read the rest]

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