AVOIR builds capacity in software engineering in Africa using Free Software (Open Source) as the vehicle. A partnership of 16 African Universities in an alliance that includes partners in North America, Europe, and Kabul, Afghanistan, AVOIR is a network with a node in each member institution. Each node participates in the development, deployment and support of software, seeks business and partnership opportunities that lead to sustainability, implements software in support of their institutional requirements, participates actively in communication and collaboration activities, and helps to market the network, and its products and services. AVOIR has created the Chisimba framework and applications based on it, and will be offering a masters in Free and Open Source Software starting in early 2009.
FOSSFA: Promotes the use of the FOSS model in African development; Promotes the integration and adoption of FOSS in national policies; Coordinates Africa’s Free Software efforts; Uses FOSSFA expertise to add value to FOSS initiatives in the continent; Acts as Africa’s FOSS voice; Plays an interface role between international and continental FOSS efforts; Contributes FOSS applications towards the achievement of women empowerment, the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development in Africa; Promotes African FOSS expertise, creativity and industry; Partners with development organizations who share same goals with FOSSFA
IST-Africa is an EU-funded collaborative Initiative between IIMC (Ireland, Coordinator), Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology (Botswana), Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology (Lesotho), Commonwealth Network of Information Technology for Development (Malta), ICT Policy Implementation Technical Unit (Mozambique), Ministry of Education (Namibia), Wits Commercial Enterprise (Pty) Ltd (South Africa), COSTECH – Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology, and Uganda National Council for Science and Technology. During 2008 – 2009, IST-Africa will focus on raising wider awareness of African research capacity, promote participation of African organizations in the ICT Theme of FP7 (FP7-ICT) and identify co-operation opportunities in fields of mutual interest. The goal is to increase visibility of mutual RTD potential and network relevant European and African stakeholders.
The Mission of KMAfrica.com KnowledgeHub is to enhance governance and service delivery through using knowledge as a fundamental resource in development and to establish KM platforms, create access to existing networks and facilitate sharing and use of knowledge throughout Africa and beyond.
The Research ICT Africa Network conducts research on ICT policy and regulation that facilitates evidence-based and informed policy making for improved access, use and application of ICT for social development and economic growth. RIA will conduct public-interest research on ICT policy and regulation that responds to national, regional and continental needs. It provides African researchers, governments, regulators, operators, multilateral institutions, development agencies, community organizations and trade unions with the information and analysis required to develop innovative and appropriate policies, effective implementation and successful network operations that can contribute to sustainable development. The network will contribute to the gathering of up to date ICT data and establish repository of information for furthering research and policy formulation. The programme will promote interaction between researchers and their peers at national, regional and international levels to harmonize methodologies, tools and standards for conducting public-interest ICT policy research. Research ICT Africa consists of a network of researchers in 20 African countries.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) was established in 2000 as a part of the global network of autonomous Soros Foundations. OSIWA promotes open societies where democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms and widespread civic participation prevail. The Foundation covers 18 countries, which include the 15 members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as Cameroon, Chad, and Mauritania. It supports civil society communities and advocates to governments on issues of governance; law, justice and human rights; public health and development; information, communication technology, and media. OSIWA also seeks a greater commitment to West Africa from wealthier nations.
The Botswana Information Technology Society (BITS) is a non-profit, voluntary professional organisation representing the various information Technology (IT) stakeholders in the government, industry and academic sectors (public and private) of Botswana.
The ISBHI is a non-profit association with 32 founding members. The main aims of ISBHI are to promote computer applications in health care through the organization of scientific meetings, health informatics educational efforts and to contribute in the development of information systems relevant and adaptable to the Côte d’Ivoire National Health system.
It is envisaged that the EHIA will provide a communications forum for those individuals and organizations committed to improving the quality and use of healthcare information in Ethiopia. It is also envisaged that EHIA will contribute to national debate regarding coding and communications systems to be used for healthcare information. Finally, the EHIA will promote health informatics human resources capacity building through research, education, and advocacy.
Objectives of the association are to: promote the contribution of information technology for the development of Ethiopia; promote the advancement of information technology in Ethiopia ; promote computer literacy throughout the country; promote the professional interest of its members; promote the study and the practice of information technology in the country’s educational institutions, information processing centers and other information technology development centers; promote research in information technology and to assist in the dissemination of the findings of such research in Ethiopia ; provide forum for the discussion of ideas and issues related with the profession; promote professional contacts between EITPA and its counterparts at home and abroad; influence and ensure, through code of practice in the information technology, that the standards for the quality of information technology services and products are up to standard; benefit its members with professional privileges and recognition.
The Computer Society of Kenya has been serving the individual IT Professionals, Corporate IT members, Corporate IT users, and IT Accredited Training Members since 1986, providing an industry identity and forum, leading in public policy advocacy, offering technology and management training services, and running a recognition and awards program.
ISACA Kenya (“The Chapter”) is a not-for-profit, non-union association of professionals in the IT-related industry founded in Kenya in December 1999 by a small group of volunteers. The chapter was locally registered in Kenya in April 2000 and has since experienced tremendous growth in membership, once earning global recognition for achieving the second highest annual percentage growth in membership worldwide.
MIAM is a professional association aimed at providing an organizational framework through which individuals currently working in healthcare related information technology roles can advance their skills and share their knowledge with others.
SOMIBS was created in March of 2005 to extend the activities of REIMICOM, the network of healthcare institutions for medical informatics in Mali. REIMICOM was founded as a non-profit association in 2002 to regroup all hospitals and healthcare institutions in Mali and provide them with IT services (a private network with high internet bandwidth, a secure e-mail server, a Web portal with specific contents, and tools and coordination for distance medical education in cooperation with the RAFT project). With the extension of this network, it appears necessary to open it to other partners and to provide a platform for professional exchanges in the form of a Society of Biomedical and Health Informatics.
To harness and develop interest, research and applications in medical informatics in Nigeria. To foster relationships among health professionals with interests. To participate in the development of information systems relevant and adaptable to Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. To promote the efficient integration of health technologies in improving health service delivery to the population. To promote the adoption of appropriate electronic medical records, patient health records, telemedicine and other public health technologies in the prevention and fight against diseases. To participate in establishing informatics policies in Nigeria. To develop programs for health technology implementation, community disease prevention, treatment strategies and health education. To assist in the establishment of health informatics training programs in conjunction with regional medical schools. To organize and deliver health and medical informatics seminars and lectures to healthcare workers.
ITAN is the association of over 350 Information Technology driven companies in Nigeria. It was founded in 1991 to promote IT literacy and penetration in Nigeria; and to promote members’ interest in the area of trade, public policy formulation and negotiations with government on IT policy matters. ITAN in 2002 joined other stakeholders to form the society of all IT professionals in Nigeria – the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), in which it remains a major stakeholder.
ISPON is the apex body of computer software and related services industry in Nigeria. It was formed in 1999 with the primary objective of being a catalyst for the growth of the software-driven IT industry in Nigeria. It was specifically set up to facilitate business and trade in software and related services and to encourage the advancement of research in software technology. It is a non-profit organization. It will serve as a single point of reference for any information on software industry in Nigeria.
IT Public-Private Forum (ITPPF)
ITPPF, an initiative of ITAN (see above), is a forum of key public officers in charge of IT in states, namely Commissioners for Science and Technology and IT Advisers with private sector IT CEOs. Its objectives are to: connect government ICT initiatives with industry; support initiatives to increase government budgetary allocation for ICT; build skilled capacities for state information infrastructure; create conducive atmosphere for FDI into States for development; fast track the attainment of the objectives of the MDGs; help governments to reduce the impact of the Digital Divide; create a forum for networking and exchange of ideas among states and stakeholders.
The goals of the NCS are the advancement of Computer Science and Information Technology & Systems, their applications and deployments to Professional Practice in education, government, the military, the industry and support for work which is important to the general community and the professions at large.
Rwanda ICT Association (RICTA)
The Society is established to represent and promote the Information and Communications Technology [ICT] professional and ICT professionalism, as well as to elevate ICT capability in South Africa, and specifically: To facilitate the exchange of opinions and views on Information and Communications Technology, and to inform and promote knowledge of ICT to members and the public for the development and use of ICT; By representing industry practitioners, to inform and lobby Government on ICT policy; To obtain from members and other sources information relating to ICT, and to disseminate such information amongst the public and the Society by means of journals, circulars, publications, lectures, seminars, conferences or otherwise; To improve the technical and general knowledge and to elevate the professional status of persons engaged in ICT.
The Information Technology Association (ITA) was founded in 1934 and represents various companies concerned with the supply of information technology equipment, systems, software and services in the ICT industry. The ITA comprises a body of members actively participating in issues and events, which directly or indirectly affect business and need attention at national, international, governmental, NGO, para-statal and business level. One of the many functions of the ITA is lobbying and negotiating at government level on behalf of its members. The ITA works in close liaison with government, consumer and other specialist organizations. Through its close association with the ISETT SETA and Services SETA, the ITA promotes the maintenance of high standards of IT industry technical skills in accordance with international trends.
To promote the Assurance, Security and Governance of information systems locally.
The South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA) is an independent organization registered as a Section 21 company, formed to promote the professional application of Health Informatics in South Africa. We aim to represent South African Health Informatics nationally and internationally, notably through the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).
The Tanzania Information and Communication Technologies Association (TICTA)
Objectives: to introduce specialized software development in Kampala; to build capacity in software development in Kampala; to increase competitiveness amongst software developers in Kampala.
Objectives: To assist the formation of organized and dedicated sub-communities within OSZ that focus on creating and adapting appropriate software solutions for Zambian organizations; To build the capacity of existing and new community members based on practical experience; To develop an affordable local (Lusaka-based) connectivity model, which does notrequire the use of expensive internet services for developers to collaborate on software projects; To create a physical space where OSZ developers and members can come to find out more information, work on collaborative development/adaptation projects, and to act as the physical/personal link between client organizations and the developers subgroups and community; To document and showcase experiences and examples of the use of appropriate open source software systems in Zambia.
The principal aims of the society are: To promote knowledge to members of the Society and the general public with regard to the development and use of Information Technology; To ensure that, in the development of Information Technology systems, due and proper regard is paid to the rights and privileges of the general public; To facilitate the exchange of views between members of the Society on Information Processing and related technologies; To encourage research and development in, and to actively seek to improve techniques and knowledge of, Information Technology and to disseminate this information amongst members of the Society and the public through the medium of journals, circulars, publications, lectures, seminars, conferences, or by any other method which the Society may from to time deem fit; To establish and maintain facilities for the collection and use of literature, films and other material relating to the principles and practices of Information Technology; To establish professional standards for persons employed in the field of Information Technology and to ensure that these standards are maintained; To encourage the integration of Information Technology plans and programmes in the national programmes for development of science and technology.
The Computer Suppliers Association of Zimbabwe (COMSA) has, as one of its prime objectives, the promotion of consistent standards of professionalism and service in the information technology industry. Specifically, all members of the Association are committed to acting in a professional manner in their relationships with their customers, their employees, fellow members and the public.
IFIP: is the leading multinational, apolitical organization in Information & Communications Technologies and Sciences; is recognized by United Nations and other world bodies; represents IT Societies from 56 countries or regions, covering all 5 continents with a total membership of over half a million; links more than 3500 scientists from Academia and Industry, organized in more than 101 Working Groups reporting to 13 Technical Committees; sponsors 100 conferences yearly providing unparalleled coverage from theoretical informatics to the relationship between informatics and society including hardware and software technologies, and networked information systems.
The International Medical Informatics Association is an independent organization established under Swiss law in 1989. The organization was established in 1967 as Technical Committee 4 of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). In 1979, it evolved from a Special Interest Group of IFIP to its current status as a fully independent organization. IMIA continues to maintain its relationship with IFIP as an affiliate organization. The organization also has close ties with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a NGO (Non Government Organization), and with the International Federation of Health Records Organizations (IFHRO). IMIA plays a major global role in the application of information science and technology in the fields of healthcare and research in medical, health and bio-informatics.
Since its inception, ISACA has become a pace-setting global organization for information governance, control, security and audit professionals. Its IS auditing and IS control standards are followed by practitioners worldwide. Its research pinpoints professional issues challenging its constituents. Its Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is recognized globally and has been earned by more than 70,000 professionals since inception. The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification uniquely targets the information security management audience and has been earned by more than 10,000 professionals. The Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) designation promotes the advancement of professionals who wish to be recognized for their IT governance-related experience and knowledge and has been earned by more than 200 professionals. It publishes a leading technical journal in the information control field, the ISACA Journal. It hosts a series of international conferences focusing on both technical and managerial topics pertinent to the IS assurance, control, security and IT governance professions. Together, ISACA and its affiliated IT Governance Institute lead the information technology control community and serve its practitioners by providing the elements needed by IT professionals in an ever-changing worldwide environment.
The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is a consortium of over 60 information technology (IT) industry associations from economies around the world. As the global voice of the IT industry, WITSA is dedicated to: advocating policies that advance the industry’s growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in IT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations through the sharing of knowledge; experience, and critical information; providing members with a vast network of contacts in nearly every geographic region of the world; hosting the World Congress on IT, the premier industry sponsored global IT event; hosting the Global Public Policy Conference.