At 12:51 PM 24/4/96, Jeff Cochrane wrote:
>Dr Richard Heeks argues:
>> Roads provide essential goods and services to African villages;
>> computer networks don't.
>I wonder, if we installed a telephone in an African village, would
>that be better? Judging from Dr. Heeks' implicit definition of
>"goods and services", I gather that a telephone would not be any
>better. Yet people seem to like telephones.
>I recall a village leader in Sierra Leone arguing forcefully for my
>assistance in acquiring a public telephone for his town. He
>couldn't be bothered with email, however.
I usually apply the Mother in Law test :-)-O.
She lives in the reserve, in a 'traditional' homestead, 3 kilometers off the
road and the water, 4 kilometers away from the hospital, school and
She wanted a water pipe first to her house. (They all do)
Next thing she wants is the power line to go to her house so she can stop
using gas, can put things in the fridge and has lights at night.
I reckon they could put a phone in there, but she says there is one at the
hospital, so if she needs to phone she goes there...
The other relatives usually say they want a clinic close by after the water
pipes have been done... But they usually live further away. And they
all ask for more and better teachers.
Now my wife's Mother in Law is a totally different matter :-)-O. She lives
in Germany and uses email to communicate with us on a daily basis...
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