Seems I hit a nerve. As a student it is helpful to me to get both sides of
an issue, to make informed decisions and to pass what I believe to be fair
and accurate information along. I had received copies of the Initiative
some time ago and wondered how its application would "play out." Not
being an IT professional, but curious as to ICT growth in Africa, I
subscribed to this list. My interest is in how media is (and can be) used
in development, and part of understanding its role is to have a grasp on
who the "players" are, and to seek different perspectives. I would
appreciate someone who has first hand knowledge of the issues, sharing
that information. Please keep in mind that we are in the U.S.A. and have
no way of knowing about the impact of a program unless people such as you
are willing to fill us in.
By the way, I'm a Mass Communications major with a Multimedia minor and
work as a distance education technician and computer lab assistant. My
friend, from Togo is in Telecommunications and publishes a journal on
African social issues.
On Sun, 2 May 1999, Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:
> In message <[log in to unmask]>, Aswan Boudreaux writes:
> > I think I may have missed earlier postings regarding the "Leland"
> > initative and implementation. I do recall however that there was a
> > comment suggesting a problem with what appeared initially to be a
> > good proposal.
> I think I posted wrt problem, but I can assure you I do not recall
> ever having written that is was a good proposal.
> > A friend is giving a presentation on IT in Africa and was not aware
> > of the adverse impact. Would you kindly provide some a little more
> > background?
> No. People like him are the root of the problem. How can he give a
> presentation on IT iun Africa when he doesn't know what is going on?
> Rethorical question, of course. But then, the long term subscribers
> know that there is only one group of people I like less than USAID,
> namely the "developmental studies" guys...