Open Movements in Africa

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Blog, Wikipedian in Residence | No Comments

As Abel Asrat, a Wikipedian in Residence from Ethiopia, explains it,

“[Open Movement] can be a platform that allows people to access contents and materials openly or it can be a social gathering and movement toward knowledge and experience sharing.”

Across Africa, several organizations are keen in allowing people access knowledge freely and openly. At the Open Advocate Training Course currently ongoing at the Africa Centre, the students – Erina, Abel, Cyriac and Michael – presented a kinda Open Movement landscape or outline in their country.

In Ethiopia, eLearning Ethiopian social network was established with the aim of introducing eLearning technology and methods to Ethiopian Universities and TVET ( Technical Vocational Education and Training) colleges in 2009. Meanwhile the Temari Net (which means Student Net) was built targeting university students. Social gathering events like TedxAddis and barcamp Ethiopia are also attracting a larger crowd who is very keen to network, connect and share ideas. Abel tells us more.

Malawi Library Information Consortium (MALICO), SchoolNet Malawi, and The White Spaces project are some of the Information Communication Technology initiatives and projects in Malawi. With regards to Open Access initiatives The Malawi National Digital Repository, National Archives of Malawi, and National Library Service – Mobile Library Services are helping shed much light on historic information in Malawi plus also increasing literacy rates in the country. Phoya explains more of these initiatives on Wiki Malawi.

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics is also a player in the open movement through provision of data that is free from bias. It also has a Resource center that is open to the public. Mapping day is an open data initiative in Uganda with partners such as Mountbatten which is an ICT company and the Fruits of Thought which is a collection of projects. Mapping Day organizes mapping events and much more that contribute to open movements such as OpenStreetMap. Learn more about Open Movements in Uganda.

The establishment of Ghana Open Data Initiative is meant to promote efficiency, transparency and accountability in governance as well as to facilitate economic growth by means of the creation of Mobile and Web applications for the Ghanaian and world markets. To build a network of Ghanaian doers, entrepreneurs and changemakers, Barcamp Ghana, a project of the Ghana Think Foundation is making fast progress with this goal and have already organized more than 25 of such Barcamp event already. The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT and Tech Needs Girls initiative by Soronko Solutions are all part of some of the Open Initiatives and or Movements in Ghana.

An Africa map indicates some of the activities of other Open Movements across Africa.

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