Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Can Technology and a Business Approach Make Globalization Work for the Poor?

2004-11-03 Thread Roland H. Alden
Dear Colleagues, It would be good if we could agree on a few details. 1. The poor seem to cover a range of peoples. Some are so desperately poor that any kind of direct ownership, or even use, of ICT is impossible. 2. Simply because ownership or direct use of ICT is not relevant for a certain

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Is Profitability Essential for Sustainability?

2004-11-03 Thread Al Hammond
Bettina Hammerich and Jim Forster both make useful points. Of course, markets don't attend well to everything. But the core of providing useful services at prices people will pay--and the market discipline of listening to customers that Forster underscores--is a strength of the business approach,

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Is Profitability Essential for Sustainability?

2004-11-03 Thread Andy Lieberman
Dear GKD Members, I would like to add to Meddie's comments with a couple of things that have worked well for us in Guatemala. I would also like to describe a dilemma I am going through on the issue of profitability in a NGO. With the help of USAID/AED/EDC and World Learning, we have set up 28

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Blurring Corporate and NGO Lines

2004-11-03 Thread Lee Thorn
Dear Colleagues, I find the discussion fascinating. I am learning. Thank you all that have shared and that have written me privately. I, for one, am overcome by the question of the alleviation of poverty in all its facets and am especially overwhelmed by questions about urban poverty. I know in