Re: [GKD] Nigeria: Silicon Valley Transplant

2004-12-30 Thread David Sawe
Dear Colleagues,

Well it seems that this particular chicken-and-egg problem is rather
multi-dimensional. Hence there is need to include, in addition to
crawl, walk, run, fly, some provision for leap-frog and indeed even
cheetah-polevault where that may be possible. In this case, Nigeria's
Government has decided to move boldly.

It is an inescapable fact that people in developing countries are going
to be receiving training in basic -AND- advanced sciences, either in
their home countries or abroad. This is not necessarily from the
government's funding, but also from scholarships, private resources, and
all kinds of other sources. However, such people will not be able to
contribute meaningfully to their own country's development if compelled
to live and work abroad where they'll be helping solve the problems of
developed countries instead of those of their very own countries.

Additionally, one of the key advantages of ICT -- that of the death of
distance -- offers opportunities for development activities, training
and education, access to capital, etc. that far out-reach anything that
would have been imaginable just twenty years ago. In the context of
developing countries, this is significant because all too often our
populations are spread out thinly across a large geographical area, but
are entitled to consistent services wherever they are. They constitute
the engine of growth that is being revved up by establishing centres of
excellence which will focus on listening to and addressing their needs,
by harnessing those technologies that can best deliver the most
affordable and sustainable solutions to their problems.

Meanwhile, it is also worth remembering that not all of any developing
country consists of poverty. Therefore there are also sectors of the
economy that are using ICT regularly and would therefore benefit by
having access to cheaper services and products of quality if these can
be generated locally by having the best brains working together. In
the case of Nigeria, merely the petroleum extraction industry alone
could possibly make this Technology Village quite immediately be
sustainable.

Addressing the issue of the educational pipeline from elementary
school through to job acquisition (and beyond to entrepreneurship
development) is something that must be addressed in parallel with
enhancing the provision of service delivery to the needy. Surely no
politician anywhere would last for very long if they ever try to
convince their constituencies otherwise?

In closing, let me take this opportunity to wish all fellow GKD members
a Happy New Year!

With regards,

David Sawe


On 12/28/04, Timothy Gilbert [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 What is the phrase crawl, walk, run, fly. It sounds like someone in
 Nigeria wants to skip the first three stages and go straight to flying.
 On the other hand there is a chicken and egg problem here to mix
 metaphors. Why train/educate people in basic sciences if there are no
 jobs for them to apply their knowledge and skills? The challenge, it
 would seem, is to find an engine consistent with current conditions that
 runs on part economic development, infrastructure, training, higher
 education, venture capital and government support. Once the engine is
 running sufficiently to enable the full life-cycle of elementary
 education through job aquisition, it can be revved up to drive down the
 path toward a Technology Village.




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Re: [GKD] South Asian Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster

2004-12-30 Thread Amer Jabry
An excellent example of the use of ICT for disaster relief is the

http://tsunamihelp.blogspot.com/

blog website. It emerged over the last few days through the efforts
of volunteers and bloggers from around the world, and provides faster
and more comprehensive news, information and updates about the disaster
than most of the single agency official sites.

They have also worked to organise the information they are receiving
into an emergency database at Wiki:

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Tsunami_Help

Please pass these links on to people and agencies affected by or
responding to the disaster. Thank you.

Amer Jabry


Tel: + 44 20 8569 6765
Fax: + 44 20 7691 7801 


On 12/29/04, Global Knowledge Dev. Moderator wrote:

 Our hearts go out to the millions of people affected by the devastating
 earthquake and tsunami that hit South Asia and Southeast Asia on Sunday.
 We hope that our members in all of the affected countries are safe,
 along with their families. If any GKD members have information on the
 use of ICT for disaster relief that they would like to share, we will
 forward the information to relief organizations.
 
 Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been struck by this
 terrible disaster.

..snip...




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Re: [GKD] South Asian Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster

2004-12-30 Thread Holly Ladd
Health workers and others involved in relief efforts will find links to
treatment guidelines and other medical and public health references for
the prevention and treatment of diseases prevalent in the aftermath of
floods and other disasters on our website www.healthnet.org. We will
continue to update this reference list and invite your suggestions for
content. Those without web access may request a copy of any document
listed on our site by sending an email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] and we
will respond as quickly as we can.

Please pass this message on to your contacts in the affected region who
are able to receive email.

Regards,

Holly Ladd
Executive Director
SATELLIFE




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Re: [GKD] South Asian Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster

2004-12-30 Thread Brian Walsh
NetHope is shipping NetReliefKits to the region in conjunction with its
member NGOs. NRKs are ruggedized, suitcase-sized, wireless-based voice
and data communications devices, with access to the Internet via a
mobile satellite station.

For more information, visit:
http://www.nethope.org/index.html


On 12/29/2004, Global Knowledge Dev. Moderator wrote:

 Our hearts go out to the millions of people affected by the devastating
 earthquake and tsunami that hit South Asia and Southeast Asia on Sunday.
 We hope that our members in all of the affected countries are safe,
 along with their families. If any GKD members have information on the
 use of ICT for disaster relief that they would like to share, we will
 forward the information to relief organizations.




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