At 6:18 PM 24/4/96, Folayan, Sunday wrote:
>Dr Lisse wrote:
>> A fortune will be thrown out of the window if you manage to convice some
>> ignoramus at an aid agency to fund these insane schemes. This money
>> should rather be put into direct projects.
>We should look at how to make the best out of every situation, not to hope
>for the best situation! Luckily, we are not convincing USAID to wire Africa!
>I think at this stage we should all get our acts together. I have posted
>earlier, If they are wiring the whole world, let them wire us too! What will
>be the marginal cost to them? If an aid organization gives thousands of
>cholera vacines for rural Africans and there is no airstrip for the planes to
>touch down, or roads for trucks to move, that aid is not useful!
I am not opposed at all to wiring Africa. I *AM* wiring, in fact. The point is how.
And top down just doesn't work, I can give you numerous examples. Just look
at the container in the back yard of AOU Teaching Hospital with the ICU inside
because the manual is in German. Or the Fetal Monitors proudly displayed
but not working.
How many lives could have been saved here?
Why has Nigeria with its huge oil revenue never managed to lease an international
They are being dialled from the outside by at least four different organizations
that I know of. And there is quite some empire building within these initiatives
local partners. There is no incentive here at all to become sustainable...
"let them wire us"...
And I am not bashing Nigeria, it is just that I have actually been there...
>> It seems that LOUD voices, regardless of proactivity, are effective in
>> generating responses.
>I will not want you to take Dr Lisse's comments as loud. I suppose various
>topics will bring the best out of everyone. I personally reviewed the Lisse
>mails on this list (My archive has over 80 already). I cannot find five
And I even created my own :-)-O
>Dr Lisse posted a UUCICO log on Saturday 20th April 1996: how many members on
>this list could (from that log) infer the implications he concluded was
>staggering? Now, when you consider the fact that you cannot pump 14.4K on a
>Nigerian Telephone system, can we say the implication is staggering in
>Nigeria? Yes I suppose, I just am not sure of the slope!!!!!
The 14.4 wasn't the issue. Also that I can get 48K effective out of the 14.4K
6000 characters per seconds with compression, batching and 'i' protocol.
Any uucp subscriber to the current efforts within Nigeria can in principle
get the same file within a couple of days. (And if one organizes this properly
only one has to pull it).
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