#OSWARRAP: Open systems strategies linking FOSS & open knowledge to strengthen agriculture in Warrap State, South Sudan
In many parts of the world new civil societies emerging from shattering conflict and revolution are facing the challenge to (re)construct nothing less than entirely new nations. Urgent calls to define political participation, state identity, economic self-determination, basic freedoms and reconciliation among resolute opponents have transformed seemingly local conflicts into issues of global concern.
Considering this scenario in the age of social networks, collaborative enterprise and open technologies the #OSJUBA - Open Sourcing South Sudan Initiative is being developed to apply the methodologies of the world's diverse open source and open knowledge communities in creating rapid and innovative new forms of development in regions of lingering conflict and post-war society. Tackling the many challenges in creating stable peace and democracy, building viable and accessible infrastructure and enabling the empowerment of its civil society South Sudan, the newest United
Nations member state, has a unique window of opportunity to apply the power of open systems solutions to become the model of innovation and sustainability in Africa and beyond.
As a first step towards a comprehensive 'Open Systems Strategy' for South Sudan' the country's largest federal state Warrap has embarked on #OSWARRAP (Open Systems for Warrap State), as a model or pilot initiative to empower citizens, and strengthen peace and security through open source technologies and methodologies, open data and open government principles.
The Warrap leadership, faced with the challenge of 'leading over one million young pastoralists from past conflict into the 21st century' is intent to strengthen open governance and create peace and prosperity to the advantage of all its citizens. The use of ICTs and open data are intended to act as implementation triggers for the open systems projects being developed in and for Warrap State in order to see and effectively create viable examples of what can be done on the ground in one of the most challenging post-conflict and nascent civil society contexts.
In the development of the #OSWARRAP initiative, South Sudanese agencies and ICT organizations are examining various social media, mobile technology and community Informatics (CI) tools as key elements their open systems strategy. Given its ease of use, mobility and primarily non-text base interface, they will introduce ojoVoz, a rapid implementation FOSS platform consisting of mobile and web-side applications that help communities make their voices heard.
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