Open Source in Developing Countries

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Sanjiva Weerwarana , Jivaka Weeratunge
In this study we have examined the open source phenomenon in general, and in particular as it relates to developing countries. We discussed the history of open source, how open source works, and why developers contribute to open source. After examining open source markets and business models, we presented a strategy framework and strategy map for developing countries to go down the open source path. The strategy framework was followed by a discussion of how the strategy map can be executed, with concrete action items under each area. Finally, we presented a classification of the current status of a developing country in relation to its IT policy & infrastructure and how a donor agency can assist towards exploiting open source to create value in the economy. A case study of Sri Lanka discussed a concrete scenario to illustrate how the donor action plan, strategy implementation and strategy map all tie together.

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