For OpenLMIS and many global public goods, there isn’t a mechanism to financially sustain an open source product at scale over the long term. The OpenLMIS community is directly confronting this challenge by seeking a private sector partner that identifies business value in maintaining OpenLMIS as a public good. Members of the OpenLMIS partner network spent much of 2019 researching and evaluating various partnership models and commercial revenue opportunities to enable OpenLMIS to thrive for years into the future with limited donor support.
OpenLMIS Call for Expression of Interest for Partnership
To drive the next phase of its evolution, OpenLMIS is seeking partnership with a private sector company to manage, scale, and sustain the platform. On June 3, 2020, OpenLMIS released a Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) to Shape the Future of Digital Solutions for Last Mile Health Systems.
OpenLMIS is seeking a private sector partner to expand its platform and strengthen the logistics of national health systems. Interested parties are asked to formally submit their interest through the OpenLMIS Expression of Interest Online Form. The current deadline for receipt of submissions is July 31st, 2020.
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Once a submission is received, a member of our team will contact each candidate and qualified candidates will be given the opportunity to pitch their vision for incorporating OpenLMIS into their portfolio to a small group of representatives from the OpenLMIS partner network.
Additional information about OpenLMIS can be found in the OpenLMIS Briefing Document. If you have questions, please review our summarized Q&A documentation or send an email to the OpenLMIS Community Manager at Rebecca.Alban@openlmis.org.
OpenLMIS Transition: Frequently Asked Questions
The OpenLMIS Transition FAQs (em Portuguese, en Français) is a great place to learn about why OpenLMIS is transitioning and our plans for the next 12-18 months.
Why is sustainability an issue for global public goods?
In our recent blog, Challenging the Cost of Free-How one open source technology is preparing for the future, we discuss how transition is essential to the long-term sustainability of global public goods. We share information about OpenLMIS’ journey that may be useful to other open source platforms confronting a similar situation.
Please send an email to the OpenLMIS Community Manager at Rebecca.Alban@openlmis.org.