Dear Jeff and Afrik-ITers!
First of all it is important to recognise that all DONOR agencies and
NGOs are not the same. I don't think we can talk about DONORs in
general. Nowdays it is quite trendy to talk about participatory, bottom
up, gender sensitive developments. Most NGOs, DONOR countries and UN
agencies would like to see the trendy words mentioned. Is "wiring the
rural areas and the poor" going to be the next sexy words!!. Add
"capacity building" to the list
To come back to Jeff's comments, yes DONORs may claim to support rural
development and rural communication. Several questions can be asked. Is
there any substance in what they say? I think we people here in the
ground understand more about the issue and what actually happens.
My question to Jeff and others is why do DONORs and NGOs want to wire
the rural areas?
Jeff you mention about giving training to sombody to wire themselves. Do
you think you were required to travel all the way to Africa to give the
training or whatever. I think there a lot of guys out there in that part
of the continent who could have done it such as Dr Eberhard.
BTW, Jeff who paid for the scientists travel and training costs? He must
have been a total useless anyway if as a scientist he does not know what
is happening in his own country.
For me the only way forward is for DONORS and NGOs to support local
companies and small enterpirses. Obviously most of them will start in
the big towns but competion will push them to the rural areas. We have
already started witnessing such trends here in Ethiopia. At present,
there is no mechanism for private business people to have access to