> I think it's important to recognize Dr. Lisse's experience "in the field".
> He lives in Africa, he knows the culture, the economy, etc. etc. A person
> from the West who has not lived in Africa, or wherever, for any extended
> period does not have that knowledge, and having that knowledge is crucial if
> truly sustainable development is to occur.
I happen to come from one of the poorest villages in Ethiopia and my parents still live out there. In fact, when ever I visit them I have to walk for seven hours as there is no transport to the village. I speak from real experience. Knowledge of the culture, language etc is only useful when you have the support. What is required is optimum matching of local experience and expertise with the
> I also think that it's human nature to become reliant on handouts, on
> someone elses expertise, on someone elses money, on someone elses
> organizational and managment skills. If it keeps pouring in from "out
> there" who can blame the people who take advantage of it. I tend to think
> that overall, Westerners should stay out of Africa, and let the local
> populations become more self-reliant in their own way in their own time. I
> don't think the West is doing Africans any favours at all by forcing the
> internet down their throats.
I think WE Africans know what we need and nobody is forcing the internet down our throats. That would be insulting my African collegues such as Dr. Lisse who are working very hard in getting the internet. BTW, I am a meteorolgist and my interest in the internet is to use it for meteorological and environmental data gathering and dissimination.
> Valerie Bruce
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