Local Software Initiative

Facilitating the flow of skills and knowledge

The challenge: relevant software for local needs

The vast majority of software and hardware industries are located in the developed world. Developing countries often suffer from a lack of local expertise and find it hard to participate in global markets of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) hardware and software. Moreover, local digital or electronic content is often very limited but crucial to unleash local skills and assets.

Our Approach: Local Software Innovation

UNIDO promotes the development of local software business and cooperates with the public and private sectors to set-up local software development centres demonstrating and developing software solutions that are sector specific and target local business needs.

Initiative launched in Uganda:
In September 2007, UNIDO, the Government of Uganda and Microsoft launched an initiative to promote the development of the local software industry in Uganda and to enhance the role that local software developers and ICT graduates can play in the economies of developing countries. The first centre established in Uganda will act as an incubator for innovations and solutions in ICT. It will offer technology training through:

  • Developer workshops
  • A support centre
  • A proof of concept lab

The centre will also encourage industry skills transfer through best practice seminars conducted by local and international industry players.