5 April 2000
A query: Have there been any publicly available articles published
since the first of the year on the state of the Internet in Africa?
Office of External Research
Jeffrey Cochrane wrote:
> Greetings Afrik-ITers!
> I've been approached by a USAID contractor wanting to
> know of examples where Internet access (in whatever form)
> has been made accessible to people in Africa through
> special small projects. The interest is in people who would
> otherwise not have had access.
> My impression is that this contractor will want to visit some
> of these projects, and then report to USAID on the types of
> projects that the Agency ought to be funding.
> If you know of specific projects you think USAID ought to
> be looking at, do send me the name of a contact person,
> email address, location, and a brief description (a paragraph
> will do at this point, as anything longer probably won't get
> I'd suggest we be a bit creative about this. There are of
> course the traditional donor-funded projects of various
> types, which participants at a recent forum in Addis
> suggested are rarely sustainable. Then there are "projects"
> that take the form of individual enterprises, commercial or
> not, for profit or not. Maybe there are other "models" or
> ways of thinking about Internet access that donors don't
> usually consider. Maybe donor support need not always be
> direct support for equipment or infrastructure, but instead
> might be in the area of policy reform. Maybe a donor
> shouldn't always support the access provider itself, but
> should funnel its program partners in the direction of the
> access provider instead of funding separate access.
> Jeff @ Nairobi
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