Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been recognized as one of the main drivers for sustainable development and cross-border trade in developing countries. It has been also advocated that Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) could play a key role in promoting ICT culture in these regions. However, there is little research work done regarding FLOSS adoption and promotion in developing countries (African countries in particular) and how developed countries could offer successful models for using FLOSS to enforce the ICT sector. The goal of the OSSTraDe (Open Source Software as a Trade and Development Driver in Developing Countries) project is to study the situation of FLOSS, as a promising technology promoting ICT, in developing countries and how these countries could benefit from the experiences of developed countries. For the purpose, the project considers Finland and Tunisia as two examples of developed and developing countries respectively. The project investigates to what extent FLOSS is present in important sectors like ICT businesses, governmental institutions, NGOs, and higher education.
The project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.