You're right. The levels of participation has been low and I will accept
my part of the blame. While I have been lurking, it seems everybody else
is lurking too!
I am still conducting research on the Internet as a trade facilitator.
Information is hard to come by because we are still in the embryonic
stages of Internet commercial development (even in "developed"
What I am seeking to get (and contribute) from (to) this list is
substantive insight as to the type of solutions we (of the African
diaspora) can devise for the betterment of the continent. You're right
that if we don't show interest in our own problems, no one else will
care to contribute to the list.
Let's discuss this.
> Dear Africa IT Experts,
> I am just writing to express my disappointment at the level of
> participation in this group. About two years ago this discussion gruop
> was quite active and intrumental in a number of issues. In fact, as a
> result of the discussions in the group, I am now back in Ethiopia and
> sharing my limited experience with my people.
> I thought the more IT grows the more we Africans should come closer to
> each other. I know one big problem exists. We can not expect any funding
> and support from NGOs and donor organisations to support our activities
> in Afrik-IT. They would prefer to fund projects like the Leland
> Initiatives, wouldn't they? A project that means nothing to us here in
> Africa. Ofcourse why should we expect help or rely on funding, if we are
> serious about real development in Africa.
> IT, I think is important for democracy in Africa, where free press is
> very limited. At then same time, the days of those who make a living in
> the name of Africa would be numbered.
> I think we should reorginse this discussion group and widen its scope.
> Menghestab Haile (PhD)