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jo van der spek [c] on Sun, 23 Oct 2005 00:11:37 +0200 (CEST)


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Africa Source II -
Free and Open Source Software for Local Communities
Kalangala, Uganda - Jan 08-Jan 15, 2006
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Please note that the deadline for sending in applications has been
extended until October 24th, 2005.

We welcome applications from those working in Africa who are;
- campaigners, practitioners or project managers working within non-
profits and interested in technology
- system administrators within NGOs, or acting as technical support
to non-profits or community centres
- trainers and consultants to the non-profit sector, or those working
in resource centres who are interested in technology

What is Africa Source II?
Africa Source II will be an eight day hands-on workshop aimed at
building the technical skills of those working with and within 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 focus on how technology, in particular Free and
Open Source Software (FOSS) can be integrated into the project work
of NGO's. Over a hundred NGO Support Professionals and NGO Staff
working at the local level across the region are expected at this
meeting. Together with a handful of field leaders from Africa,
Europe, North America and Asia, they will explore how technology can
best serve the non-profit sector in Africa both in terms of access
and content. I

We are still accepting applications! The deadline for sending in
applications has been extended until October 24th, 2005.

Who will be there?
Participants with a range of experience will learn from one another
about how technology can help make their NGO's more efficient, build
capacity and facilitate their project work. They will be given an
opportunity to develop their understanding of FOSS, including
exploring the challenges and the future potential of FOSS adoption in
Africa. All participants will have a history of work with service and
advocacy NGOs, educational organisations, NGO resource centres,
community centres and health information organisations.

What will happen there?
There will be a range of sessions for participants to take part in,
they will include:

* How to help NGO's plan and implement FOSS applications in order to
increase their capacity
* How to use FOSS applications to handle information, publish content
using citizen's media tools and engage supporters
* How FOSS can increase accessibility through localisation,
translation into local language and dialects
During these sessions participants will get an opportunity to learn
from peers about how technology has impacted their work through case
studies and skill shares. The workshops will be lead by a range of
facilitators from the region with strong experience in deploying free
and open source solutions and of working in the non-profit sector, as
well as a number of experienced NGO practitioners. They will be
joined by a handful of international field leaders from specific
fields, such as community radio, alternative access solutions and the
use of mobile phones for NGO work.

The camp will focus on learning by doing,
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