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OpenIT@giz – Open Innovation for Development

OpenIT@giz supports its partners in Africa and Asia to provide advanced knowledge in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Open Innovation and Open Source Software. The key objectives of the OpenIT@giz programs (formerly: it@inwent programmes) are to strengthen IT sectors, foster open innovation for sustainable economic development, and use ICTs as enabling tools for poverty reduction. Open IT@giz focuses on providing advanced IT training and building regional peer-to-peer expert networks as part of Human Capacity Building of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. [Introduction]

Our programmes:


  • GIZ showcases ICT innovations at elearning Africa conference [OpenIT@giz]

    “Quality, open innovation and the GC21 E-Academy” – these themes have been at the core of GIZ’s engagement at eLearning Africa, the continents largest conference on ICT for development, education and training. The ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)’ reached out to the more than 1700 participants from all over the world gathering in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from May 25 to 27.

    2011/05/31, by Balthas Seibold and Volker Lichtenthäler, GIZ

  • Call for Case Studies on Intellectual Property and Open Development in Africa [it@inwent]

    The Open AIR research and training project on the role of intellectual property in open development is inviting preliminary proposals for research case studies in the area of intellectual property, open innovation and collaborative creativity in Africa in cooperation with the initiative “commons@ip - Harnessing the knowledge commons for open innovation” of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

    2011/03/23, by commons@ip

  • Africa and Europe join forces in Training on Free Technology [it@inwent]

    More networking of African IT specialists with Europe and joint building of advanced training materials – this is what a new partnership of FOSSFA's and GIZ’s ict@innovation programme with the Europe-wide ‘Free Technology Academy’ (FTA) is all about. The Free Technology Academy (FTA), financially supported by the Life Long Learning programme (LLP) of the European Commission, is a collaboration between the Netherlands-based Free Knowledge Institute and three European universities.

    2011/01/26, by ict@innovation

  • Wanted: Future trainers on LPI certified Linux Administration in Southern Africa! [it@inwent]


    Second Regional Training of Trainers for Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Level 1 for Southern Africa (Code: LToT2)


    5th December 2010

    2010/11/17, by ict@innovation

  • Wanted: Future trainers on “FOSS Certification” (LPI certified Linux Administration) in East and Southern Africa! [it@inwent]


    First Regional Training of Trainers for Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) Level 1 for East Africa (Code: LToT1)

    Second Regional training of Trainers for Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) Level 1 for Southern Africa (Code: LToT2)

    22nd September 2010 for Eastern African participants
    15th November 2010 for Southern African participants

    2010/09/10, by ict@innovation

  • Press Release: ict@innovation Training Handbook released: "Free your IT-Business in Africa!" [it@inwent]

    "How can I build a sustainable business around Free and Open Source Software in Africa?"

    - In order to answer this frequently asked question by young African IT-business owners, InWEnt and FOSSFA are pleased to present "ict@innovation: Free your IT-Business in Africa!” - a set of advanced training materials on African Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Business Models for IT-enterprises.

    2010/06/01, by ict@innovation

  • Asia Source 3 meeting reinforces Asian Free and Open Source Software movement [it@inwent]

    - 150 representatives from Asian NGOs and SMEs gather for open source camp
    - Open source advocates discuss tools, business models, and communities
    - Theme of Asia Source 3: Building Capacities and Empowering Humanity through FOSS

    While most technology conferences happen as swanky, slick, and well-rehearsed events, the recently concluded Asia Source 3 took the opposite track and ran a camp that was spartan yet spontaneous. From November 7 to 12, 2009, Asia Source 3 gathered 150 representatives from all over Asia in the Philippines to discuss developments in open source. For those six days, the campers lived in a communal environment that married fun and relaxation with exchange of ideas.

    More information on InWent's program it@foss

    2009/11/13, by Balthas Seibold

  • Asian-African Partnerships for Business Development with Free and Open Source Software [it@inwent]

    Connecting InWEnt supported programmes across the continents

    Bonn, Manila, Accra – This year Software Freedom Day will be celebrated globally on the 19th of September 2009. For this occasion, InWEnt has brought together its programme partners from Asia and Africa in an Internet Chat where they met and discussed opportunities for cooperation.

    2009/09/16, by it@inwent

  • APPLICATION CLOSED - To all Asia Source 3 applicants: Thank you for your submission to AS3! [it@inwent]

    ASIA SOURCE 3 (Second call) 07-12 November 2009 Silang, Cavite, Philippines

    MABUHAY! (Long live!) and get ready for Asia Source 3!

    If you are a FOSS advocate, an enthusiast or end-user, a developer or even a newbie who strongly believes in building capacities and empowering humanity with the use of Free/Open Source Software, we look forward to welcome you to Asia Source 3 to connect, cooperate, and collaborate – the FOSS way.

    Apply until 11th September 2009!

    2009/08/21, by it@foss

  • FOSSFA and InWEnt launching first regional course on Business and Open Source in Johannesburg, South Africa [it@inwent]

    Johannesburg, 14 / 07 / 2009 - "How can Southern African IT-businesses make money with Free and Open Source Software?“ - this one of the questions being discussed at the regional course on "Advanced African Business Models with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)“.

    2009/07/14, by ict@innovation

  • Wanted: Future trainers on “FOSS Business Models for Africa” [it@inwent]

    Are you interested in building a successful business in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in East and Southern Africa, 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 and Open Source Software.

    2009/04/28, by ict@innovation

  • "Open Source & More IT for African Business" - release of advanced e-learning courses on Information Technology by InWEnt/it@ab [it@inwent]

    01.09.2008 - InWEnt/it@ab releases a series of advanced e-learning courses on Information Technology (IT)- "Open Source & More IT for African Business" focussing on the needs of business related IT consultancy in Africa.


  • it@foss - Evaluation of trainings [it@inwent]

    From May to Juli 2008, IOSN/InWEnt carried out an evaluation of the eight TOT trainings they carried out for their it@foss programme.


  • it@inwent launches new section on FOSS Business Models [it@inwent]

    it@inwent recently added a new section to their website. This sites provides an overview of InWEnt's main capacity building programmes and trainings in the area of "FOSS Business Models and Sustainable Development" as well as its respective training materials. You can find this website under the 'Products' section, or go directly here


  • High-Level Workshop discusses Open Source Requirements for EU-Vietnam Cooperation in Hanoi [it@inwent]

    Hanoi 18 April 2008: A high-level workshop is discussing key issues around Free and Open Source Software such as business models, regulations and requirements to access the European marketplace in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    2008/04/21, by it@inwent

  • InWEnt launches multi-year training programme on Open Source Software at Pan-African Idlelo 3 Conference in Dakar [it@inwent]

    Bonn/Dakar, 16 March 2008 - InWEnt - Capacity Building International, Germany is launching the new programme called "ict@innovation" in Africa. The training and networking initiative is aimed at building capacities in innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) through Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Southern and East Africa.

    2008/03/13, by it@inwent

  • Stockholm Challenge Award [it@inwent]

    InWEnt-Partner KhmerOS of Cambodia finalist in Stockholm Challenge GKP award 2007 for excellent ICT for development project

    2007/12/12, by it@inwent

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