I don't disagree with your views at all, although I am undeniably
an ICT consultant myself. 10 expensive routers rusting all around
The Gambia testifies to the importance of knowing the lay of the
land (personally I blame the UNDP there, with their one week
research-and-dinners trip :-). On the other hand, we need all
kinds, even in Africa, and technology is what I do well (setting up
computers rather than treating disease)
I know this is severely off-thread and apologise, but I'd be doing
my Ghanaian friends a disservice if I did not follow up on the
matter you mention on finding worthy recipients of funding in Africa.
If they are still looking, I'd suggest that they talk to the SIBCO
institute in rural Ghana. This is a private business school, funded
exclusively through hard work of the founder, Mr. Kofi Adamper.
Currently hosting 200 students with about half being live-in
students, training in typing, secretarial skills, accounting,
computer usage and other business matters. they are now
having difficulties managing to expand to meet the demand
in housing as well as teaching materials. The current computer
lab is very advanced for the area (a class set of 14 Pentium
computers) but more are sorely needed. Anyway, if you or
other people reading this would like to follow up, Mr. Adamper
can be contacted on [log in to unmask] (this is a telecentre,
as phone lines are just arriving in this area).
I will also do all I can to assist this school, both because Kofi and
family are fantastic people and because it shows how powerful
a low-profit enterprise run by dedicated people can be. To
support SIBCO would not be to "save" it; but simply to boost an
already working concept and increase the number of people in
a severely education-hungry area to take part in it. As soon as
phone lines are available I am hoping to be able to help set up
dial-in services in conjunction with the campus to try to offer
remote education services to the (Brong-Ahafo) area.