Re: [GKD] Analyzing the Harvard e-Readiness Guide

2002-05-21 Thread Nancy Hafkin

The infoDev web site has a four page list of e-readiness sites, guides
to doing same and methodologies. It's the best place to look for a
better model. 
http://www.infodev.org/ereadiness/methodology.htm

Nancy Hafkin

Philipp Schmidt wrote:

 Many people seem to have valid criticism for the Harvard e-Readiness
 guide. Does anyone know of a better model/methodology that is freely
 available? In addition I would be interested in e-Strategy examples
 (which I understand as the necessary next step after e-Assessment
 efforts) that have been done for developing countries.
 



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Re: [GKD] Analyzing the Harvard e-Readiness Guide

2002-05-21 Thread clupan

Dear GKD members,

I would like to join this interesting discussion on e-readiness,
especially since the Development Gateway was mentioned in the first
message from Mr. Hopmann, dated May 6, regarding the Harvard
e-Readiness Guide. My name is Calin Lupan and I am on the Development
Gateway team, my role being to help Country Gateways (our project
counterparts in developing countries) to elaborate their models and
strategies for the local ICT development initiatives. As part of this
process, Country Gateway teams perform an e-readiness assessment to
research and understand the context of the country where the project
will be implemented.

More than 20 of the currently over 40 Country Gateway teams have already
produced an e-readiness report. Most of them are indeed using the
Harvard Guide, although this was not a requirement, and teams are free
to choose the methodology they want to follow. My sense is that teams
choose to follow the Harvard Guide mostly because the methodology is
straightforward in its application, as well as being cost-effective.
These are important factors for many of the Country Gateway teams, which
are operating in countries where ICT research and analysis are still
very new.

As it relates to the context of a Country Gateway, I can also mention
some limitations that result from an ad-literam application of the
Harvard Guide. These are the quality of local Internet content, the
existence of a digital divide within the country itself, the existence
of an enabling legal framework (laws regulating e-commerce, copyright
protection, digital signature, etc), and the utilization of ICT
(particularly the Internet) to create wealth or to sustain a project.
(This is very important for Country Gateways, which aim to become
self-sustainable within a certain period of time.)

Nevertheless, I don't think the Guide should be dismissed as a tool for
e-readiness assessments. Our recommendation to any team that chooses
this tool is to adapt it to the local situation and to the scope of the
Country Gateway project in the particular country (which is also a
recommendation by the Guide's authors). The Guide gives an excellent
framework for organizing a quest for knowledge, and its system of
assigning ratings is very useful -- this gives a project like a Country
Gateway (which aims at promoting ICT development and hence increasing
the e-readiness of a country) the possibility to assess over time its
impact. Some specific solutions we found to the limitations I mention
above include: assigning dual ratings for e-readiness factors to reflect
the internal digital divide, more focus on commercial utilization of
ICT, qualitative analysis of the local content, and analysis of ICTs
other than Internet for distribution of content.  I have to say that
most of those Country Gateway teams that customized the guide produced
some very good assessments and were able to position themselves as
competent and useful initiatives.

You might be interested to see the Country Gateway reports, which are
made public on a country-by-country basis on the Development Gateway
site, at: http://www.developmentgateway.org/node/137849/cs-docs?d_id=1

Best regards,

Calin Lupan
Development Gateway
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Web: Http://developmentgateway.org




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Re: [GKD] Analyzing the Harvard e-Readiness Guide

2002-05-20 Thread philipp

Many people seem to have valid criticism for the Harvard e-Readiness
guide. Does anyone know of a better model/methodology that is freely
available? In addition I would be interested in e-Strategy examples
(which I understand as the necessary next step after e-Assessment
efforts) that have been done for developing countries.

Thanks in advance,

Philipp Schmidt




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Re: [GKD] Analyzing the Harvard e-Readiness Guide

2002-05-15 Thread sandoval

I am in agreement with Cornelio Hopmann and Michel Menou about CID
Readness Guide.

I have a lot of criticisms but I add just one:

The most fundamental things in future information society are Education
and Healthcare. To have a well educated people and in good health is the
main challenge. But the CID Readness Guide tells nothing about
healthcare. Then it lacks of one essential foot! From this point, it is
not a scientific tool for any developing country.


Victor Sandoval



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