>The best thing about that article was the criticism it
>generated. Bureaucrats may still be inclined to fund white elephants,
>but judging from the postings there are enough people who are highly
>Yet some aid projects seem to be designed with the assumption
>that Africa suffers from a shortage of neurons, rather than hardware.
I used to say that "We Africans are only poor, not stupid!" but your way
of putting it is so much nicer, great stuff. :-)-O.
>A good measure of the project would be the ratio "new bandwidth going
>out"/"new bandwidth coming in". By this measure, the benefit from the
>$1.2 million investment is dangerously close to zero.
I like this measure.
>Why don't they just put that money into a fund, and universities can
>apply for money to lease lines, buy servers, routers, interface cards,
>LAN hubs, workstations, modem pools, and to pay for training of system
>admistrators. The money would only be granted to those who can prove
>that they will make good use of it.
It's very easy, because that way not enough money will go back to
the developed countries so they can dump their trash un us, yet
again (remember the ZX-80 or was it TRS-80 offer?), that's why.
It is quite obvious that the author of the paper has never been in
East Africa, in particular not at one of the Universities to be set up.
Besides the fact that the infrastucture is just not there yet, though
initiatives are underway to build it (and I have had the immense
pleasure of being allowed to play a very insignificant role in one of
those, recently), such a top-down project is going to make things worse.
It will create dependency and complacency and of course will never
I can tell you already now that after a couple of millions are down
the drain, or rather safely in in the developed countries, the project
will go the way of the dodo on the day when the first bill comes due
after funding runs out.
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