Thanks nemo for sharing good ideas. It is infact lack of those who do things
(engineers, enthusiasts, technologists, managers, champions etc.) that left
Africa behind. The telecommunication policies, telematics policies,
information policies... are often stones blocks that either cut the region off
from progress or act as excuse for not doing things.
> "The vast majority of African peasants don't --and
> will not in this lifetime-- ever drive cars. Therefore, building roads
> is not a priority."
I agree with you that this is nonsense even for peasants in
Africa. Just coming out of discussion from the Minstry of Agriculture that
would like to connect field offices in remote areas to monitor food security,
weather, the dispatch of fertilzers and better seeds and researchers with
extension workers then with farmers etc. I would say the peasant
may not need connection at the moment but an extension worker that advises the
peasant and then the peasant himself. It is connectivity for peasants...
Just like roads Africa needs connectivity not only
to learn more but also to become more efficient.
But, I found getting the bureaucrats opening their minds for
privatization a real
problem. You can not move an inch without their approval and then they refer
to polcies and then start to see the social impact... and then ten years. It
is a loop for going back and forth in the stone age. Let's educate them by