This is the website to the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID). It contains a multiude of information regarding GAID activities, ICT development projects, and publications regarding relevant ICT and development issues. There are various articles on the use of Open Source Software in development projects, which I will use as examples in this paper.
The GAID is an organization launched by the United Nations in 2006 to address the use of ICT in acheieving the Millenium Development Goals, particularly for reducing poverty in the developing world. It formed from the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), during which a need for a global ICT and development policy forum was established. The GAID serves to facilitate collaborative development projects between the private and public sectors, non-governmental organizations and civil society groups.
As stated on the website, the Objectives of the GAID are as follows:
"The Alliance will seek to contribute to:
(1) Mainstreaming of the global ICT agenda into the broader United Nations development agenda
(2) Bringing together key organizations involved in ICT for development (ICT4D) to enhance their collaboration and effectiveness for achieving the internationally agreed development goals
(3) Raising awareness of policy makers on ICT4D policy issues;
(4) Facilitating identification of technological solutions for specific development goals and pertinent partnerships
(5) Creating an enabling environment and innovative business models for pro-poor investment and growth and for empowering people living in poverty
(6) Acting as a "think-tank" on ICT4D-related issues and as an advisory group to the Secretary-General."