The GKD Moderator has asked: > 3. Can information distribution centers (e.g., public access > telecenters) offer a viable economic solution to a community's > information needs, by, in effect, sharing a single high-bandwidth > connection among many users, and thus spreading the cost? My name is Cecilia Matanga from Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. I couldn't agree more with what you guys are doing. I am actually glad I subscribed. I have followed the discussions on ICTs with a lot of interest but unfortunately for us here we can only dream of Telecenters. As much as I appreciate the benefits of Internet as a tool for information gathering and dissemination, we are still far from having access in the remote areas of Zimbabwe. We, at the organisation I work for, are actually trying to share the importance of the Internet as a resource through Cyber-Training workshops.
Most Internet Cafes in Zimbabwe are in urban areas and even then do not have the social/community component. They are just managed, manned and owned by a few individuals for profit-making purposes. I, however, believe that sharing a single high-bandwidth connection offers a viable economic solution to a community's information needs but there is need for commitment from the recipients. They need to commit to sustenance of the projects thereafter. I have watched with a heavy heart as most projects fail to take off as soon as the donor withdraws from the forefront. A lot of training, awareness and issues of identification are necessary in the planning phase of the projects for recipients to realise the usefulness of the project. Thank you for your contributions. I have a vision of Africa where important information is just a click away. ------------ This DOT-COM Discussion is funded by the dot-ORG USAID Cooperative Agreement, and hosted by GKD. http://www.dot-com-alliance.org provides more information. 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 For the GKD database, with past messages: http://www.GKDknowledge.org