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for capacity-building - NGO-in-a-box Toolkit
Stephanie Hankey, Dirk Slater and Michal Mach
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NGO-in-a-box is like
the swiss army knife of free/ Open Source Software (FOSS)for non-profits
in developing countries:all the applications you need in one small
(and attractive) box, and the documentation that explains how your
organisation can use them. It's a simple but effective concept
that cuts down software selection, testing and download barriers
and helps non-profits in developing countries get access to the
software they need.
NGO-in-a-box is a box
of CDs containing peerreviewed and selected FOSS tools and documentation.
Different editions of NGO-in-a-box are designed around specific
themes and purposes. The first two editions deal with securing data
and communication, and providing a basic set of office software
for non-profits respectively. For each edition, a group of expert
practitioners in the field carefully selects the suitable applications
and describes how they can be used. All editions are designed for
developing countries and lowresourced groups.
The Boxes are mainly
targeted at technical service providers (or internal technical staff)
who work with local NGOs to determine and address their software
needs. Some NGO-in-a-box editions are suitable for end-users as
project increases the accessibility of appropriate and useful FOSS
applications to non-profits in developing and transition countries
by reducing the selection and testing process, cutting download
barriers and providing tailored solutions. NGO-in-a-box is not only
about software, but also provides relevant implementationscenarios
and the documentation that is needed.
concept was created by Amsterdam-based Tactical Technology Collective.
The online "home" of NGO-in-a-box is http://ngoinabox.org.
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