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Monday, October 28 • 12:20 - 12:55
Sustaining Global Public Goods - OSS for Social Good - Heath Arensen & Michael Downey, UN Foundation Open Source Center

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Is supporting the coder in the basement scratching an itch still a useful picture for OSS sustainability? When $90 Million USD is spent by international donors to develop a single open source health platform for low-income countries, how do we sustain it? Who is responsible for maintaining it? The international development community has embraced Open Source to build digital solutions to achieve the UN's SDGs, but these projects often struggle with their own long term sustainability.

Heath will profile several specific Digital Public Goods championed by USAID, Unicef, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and walk through their pathways to sustainability. This will include a review of the the role of revenue streams, community, organizational structures, and talent development.

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Heath Arensen

Director of Business Sustainability, UN Foundation Open Source Center
Heath is the Director of Business Sustainability for Open Source Software at the UN Foundation’s Digital Impact Alliance. The international development and humanitarian community has long embraced Open Source in developing digital solutions for global challenges. The Digital Impact... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 12:20 - 12:55 CET
Rhone 3B