Dear GKD Members, During the past three weeks, GKD members have discussed a number of intriguing technical solutions to bringing access to underserved communities, several of which have demonstrated promise in the field. Especially noteworthy are various forms of wireless connectivity, in combination with low-cost devices, e.g., the Solo. In addition GKD members have noted that some pilots have already proven robust -- scaling them up requires policy change, training, tailoring to local demand, and community involvement.
This week we ask GKD members to consider the distant future in ICT terms -- the next 3 years. "Connectivity for All." It has a nice ring, but success thus far has been limited. Funding is a central issue. Although there are some impressive donor programs, some high profile, multi-lateral donor commitments have fizzled. Perhaps, going forward, we should follow the 80-20 rule: Focus our limited resources on pursuing the few technologies and project approaches likely to have the widest impact. Forgo experimentation and defer efforts to meet the needs of those who will be most difficult to serve. KEY QUESTIONS: 1. What new "high impact" technologies are on the 3-year horizon? Who (exactly) needs to do what (concretely) to make those technologies widely available? 2. What's the most valuable area for technology development? Voice recognition? Cheap broadband delivery? Cheap hand-helds (under $50)? 3. Where should we focus our efforts during the coming 3 years? On ICT policy? Creating ICT projects with revenue-generation models that are quickly self-supporting? Demonstrating the value of ICT to developing country communities? 4. What levels of access should we be able to achieve by 2007 in each of the major under-served regions? Who (exactly) must do what (concretely) to attain them? 5. What funding models should we develop over the next 3 years? Projects with business plans that provide self-sustainability? Support from multilateral corporations? Venture capital funds for ICT and development? We look forward to your valuable input and insights! ------------ 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