In a message dated 6/25/2003, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > Does anyone know if there are computer donation programmes that go > beyond one-off donations? What if after a while people using donated > computers need upgrading and/or replacement? Who takes responsibility > for meeting with the created (long term) expectations of using > computers?
I like your question. One of the prevailing problems with development is that all the official development assistance (ODA) community loves to announce that they have started a program to address some currently popular problem, but they rarely do enough of anything to make much of a success possible. Development should be about replicating success and ensuring that the scarce resources are used most wisely to achieve the greatest results. But that rarely happens. There is little "knowledge" used in the management of development and the allocation of scarce resources. Instead scarce resources are squandered over and over again starting things over instead of optimising what one might call a "continuum" of development activities. This is not a question of "capacity" in the SOUTH, or of "corruption" in the SOUTH. This is a creation of the ODA community and the NORTH. It optimises (maximises) the use of consultants from the NORTH while reducing the resources available to the SOUTH. But the SOUTH also has to figure out how to get what it needs without being totally dependent on "gifts" from the NORTH. The SOUTH should be able to make the case for getting help because it is doing great things with the resource help, and is making measurable progress. With the information easily available, it is not at all clear that "gifts" are doing as much good as they could ....... and it should be clear ..... not necessarily before the "gifts" are given, but certainly afterwards. In too many cases in my experience, computers were set up, computer training took place, but the graduates of the computer training did not have any jobs to go to. Yet the value of computers and trained computer operators in the right business situation could be enormous ...... which brings me back to two recurring themes ...... the need for better understanding of the development process and the need for jobs. Sincerely Peter Burgess ____________ Peter Burgess ATCnet in New York Tel: 212 772 6918 Fax: 707 371 7805 [EMAIL PROTECTED] for secure messages ------------ ***GKD is solely supported by EDC, a Non-Profit Organization*** To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd Archives of previous GKD messages can be found at: <http://www.edc.org/GLG/gkd/>