Hello Kimasha, After looking at your website I wanted to ask if you are planning any content or interfaces in Swahili or other languages of Tanzania, or just in English. "Localization" of content and user interfaces might be a very useful element in whatever business model you develop. This does not mean replacing English with Swahili (or any other language) but adding language.
Localization is of course part of the e-business model of many companies in the Northern countries, and also in South Asia (especially India) in an e-services and ICT4RD context closer to what you are talking about. Wayan's suggestion about Geekcorps sounds like a good option to pursue. You could also ask on the BytesForAll-readers list for ideas from South Asia. I'll cc to the A12n-forum, which focuses mainly on Africa. For work with the Swahili language in particular there is a growing community of African (including Tanzanian) and non-African experts with diverse experience (from localizing software to developing content such as for Wikipedia online encyclopedia). If you're not already working with any of them I could put you in contact. All the best. Don Osborn Bisharat.net PanAfrican Localisation project -----Original Message----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Eric Kimasha Sent: Sunday, September 10, 2006 12:31 PM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: Re: [DDN] Contacts and projects for Rural ICT/SMEs Business models Dear members, I am working in the ICT4RD project in Tanzania. I am in the preparation to conduct a stud on the appropriate Business model to diffuse broadband services in the rural. My vision is that the model integrate ICT and SMEs activities. It should also accomodate other e-services such as e-Local government, e-Health, and eLearning. I have limited reference for such iniatives. I kindly, request whomever to provide contacts and reference materials with insights of ICT/SMEs business models with best practices in the rural. I advance thanks. Kimasha Erick, Co-ordinator, Entrepreneurship Pillar, ICT4RD Project-Tanzania Mob: +255 713 177372 E-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] www.ictanzania.ne.tz --------------------------------- Get your email and more, right on the new Yahoo.com _______________________________________________ DIGITALDIVIDE mailing list DIGITALDIVIDE@mailman.edc.org http://mailman.edc.org/mailman/listinfo/digitaldivide To unsubscribe, send a message to [EMAIL PROTECTED] with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the body of the message. _______________________________________________ DIGITALDIVIDE mailing list DIGITALDIVIDE@mailman.edc.org http://mailman.edc.org/mailman/listinfo/digitaldivide To unsubscribe, send a message to [EMAIL PROTECTED] with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the body of the message.