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Fair trade Sofware Talk


Nairobi, Kenya

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Fair Trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach which aims to promote sustainability and help producers in developing countries; it focuses on exports from developing countries to OECD countries. To date products covered by Fair Trade principles have been consumables such as food, drink or clothing.

Fair Trade Software is a new initiative getting under way in the Netherlands and the UK. Modern software is highly modular, and the production process allows for components to be written in developing countries whilst the overall end-product is designed, assembled and delivered in the OECD country. This new way of working has been enabled by two developments:

->  Open Source technologies and the Open Source philosophy of Internet teams ("communities")
->  increasing availability of necessary telecommunications links to and within developing countries.

This is not charity or low cost outsourcing - it is for-profit and can be regarded as leveraged aid. The structural results will be sustained economic partnership with, and technology transfer to, entities and individuals in developing countries. As with the use of Open Source software, the Fair Trade Software model can become part of corporate social responsibility - a trade system based on justice & fairness will be better for all.

The talk will describe current status and plans. Debate will be encouraged


About the speakers:
Neil Carmichael has just retired from 25+years with Shell; most recently he was General Manager of Shell Business Development Central Asia BV, covering Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan & Azerbaijan. By education a mathematician & petroleum engineer Neil has had extensive experience of new business initiatives in developing countries.

Andy Haxby is the founder of Dutch IT services firm Competa IT BV. Andy has participated in international and Open Source IT projects since 1979. Together they have created the Fair Trade Software Foundation.


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Bishop Magua Centre
Ngong Road, Opp Uchumi Hyper

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