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> De : Administrator <[log in to unmask]>
> A : Kathryn TOURE <[log in to unmask]>
> Cc : [log in to unmask]
> Objet : Message not deliverable
> Date : mercredi 4 novembre 1998 12:20
>
> Cases in point regarding Leland in Cote d'Ivoire:
>
> Leland has without a doubt enabled ISP competition to flourish in Cote
> d'Ivore ... thus bringing prices down and enabling greater access to
> Internet.
>
> good? bad?
>
> It has also provided valuable Internet training and networking to NGO
> professionals who otherwise probably would not have received such
training.
>
> good? bad?
>
> All of this does of course support US foreign economic policy ... export
of
> computers, software, creating ability to buy from US busineses on the
Web,
> etc. etc.
>
> good? bad?
>
> Are there other country specific "cases in point" about Leland, positive
> and/or negative ... that will allow us to better analyze/access (rather
> than just saying "it's good" or "it's bad")?
>
> Discussion of issues on this list has been a bit livlier of late ... and
> lurkers have been coming out of the woodwork ... let's keep it up.
>
> Kathryn Toure
> Product Manager
> INTERNET BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
> Africa Online
> Cote d'Ivoire
>
>
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> > De : Brian Bacon <[log in to unmask]>
> > A : [log in to unmask]
> > Objet : Re: An African-American-Owned Company
> > Date : mardi 3 novembre 1998 20:09
> >
> > Appreciate your thoughts, Bill.  No, no one claims to have all the
> answers.  There are many worthwhile activities funded by both African and
> international aid agencies designed to enhance Internet connectivity and
> effective Internet use in Africa.  AVSC's proposed online "comprehensive
> virtual training course on infection prevention" seems a good example.
Yet
> before you deride the contributions made by USAID's Leland Initiative, I
> suggest that you give a little more thought to how Leland's contribution
> over the last two and a half years may ensure that just a few more
African
> health professionals have access to your online resource.
> >
> > Material assistance aside, the Leland Intiative has sought to work with
> its African partners to enhance human resource capabilities to better
> manage the Internet connectivity they own and to effectively use the
> Internet as a development resource.  Some of these efforts have included:
> >
> > Network Operating Center staff training in countries where the Leland
> Initative has facilitated gateway and secondary-city connectivity.
> >
> > Counsel and technical training for Internet Service Providers.
> >
> > Assistance to African ministry and regulatory officials in determining
> appropriate pricing structures for in-country Internet access.
> >
> > Development-focused Internet end-user (and training-of-trainers)
training
> for over 1,000 Africans, including training in Kenya, Mozambique,
> Madagascar, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Benin,
Ethiopia,
> Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia.  With the same number expected to be trained
> (using African and U.S. based trainers) in the coming two years.
> >
> > Support of Internet-application projects with African partners in
health,
> agriculture, democracy and governance, economic growth, and education
> sectors.
> >
> > Support for African participation at African and international
Internet
> and telecommunication workshops and conferences.
> >
> > For further detail, feel free to consult: www.info.usaid.gov/leland/
> >
> > If you would like to suggest ways in which those interested in Internet
> promotion in Africa might more effectively mashal their resources, what
> better forum than this.  I look forward to your suggestions.
> >
> > Brian Bacon
> > AED/Leland Initiative
> >
> >
> > >>> William Lester <[log in to unmask]> 11/03 12:25 PM >>>
> > Actually, the Leland Initiative is an excellent example. At every
meeting
> I've attended where the Leland Initiative was discussed, it's been the
> consensus of the foreign aid organizations that this is exactly the kind
of
> project NOT to do. Some USAID-funded organizations (mine, for one) have
> been very vocal in their opposition to the Leland Initiative, and very
> dubious of the advertised results (or lack of). Still, no one claims to
> have the answers, but I truly believe that many organizations are at
least
> more sensitive to the real issues.
> >
> > Bill Lester [AVSC]
> >
> > >>> Dr Eberhard W Lisse <[log in to unmask]> 11/03 11:41 AM >>>
> > William,
> >
> > In message <[log in to unmask]>, William Lester writes:
> >
> > > One of the "myths" that continues to circulate is that all foreign
> > > aid projects (i.e. USAID) throw equipment at Africa without
> > > developing local resources.  While that may have been the case in
> > > the past, my experience has been that there is a marked swing in the
> > > other direction.
> >
> > The Leland Initiative is not a good example...
> >
> > el