FOSSFA is the premier African FOSS organisation, and was founded under the auspices of the Bamako Bureau of the African Information Society Initiative within the mandate given by African Governments in 1995 to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The Vision of FOSSFA is to promote the use of FOSS and the FOSS model in African development, and the organization supports the integration of FOSS in national policies. FOSSFA also coordinates, promotes, and adds value to African FOSS initiatives, creativity, industry, expertise, efforts and activities at all levels. FOSSFA partners with development organizations who share these goals towards a participatory and gender-main streamed sustainable development and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals in Africa. FOSSFA is governed by a Council elected during IDLELO, from which the Executive is chosen. FOSSFA members may be individuals, organizations, development agencies or government FOSS bureaus.
The vision of FOSSFA is to promote the use of FOSS and the FOSS model in African development.