Re: [GKD] Update on Cisco LDC Initiative in Uganda

2004-04-30 Thread Zoya Naskova
Dear GKD Members, I have been a member of this group for a while, but have not posted before. At this point I wanted to note that often we forget what the purpose of the ICTs is. Not ICT for ICT's sake, but what function are they to perform. What aspect of life, economy, education, etc. will they

Re: [GKD] Update on Cisco LDC Initiative in Uganda

2004-04-30 Thread Michel J. Menou
On Friday, April 23, 2004, Richard Koman wrote: ..snip... RK Agree that legitimate CS degree programs are more to the point of RK long-term capacity building. (something that appears to be quite lacking RK in uganda, btw). otoh, cisco is de facto standard so it's somewhat RK different than

Re: [GKD] Update on Cisco LDC Initiative in Uganda

2004-04-23 Thread Richard Koman
Sudhakar Chandra wrote: Richard Koman wrote: Part of a country's information infrastructure is having the people to be able to deploy, manage, maintain, start businesses, etc. So the effect of graduating the Cisco center may not be immediate employment but it seems a necessary but not

Re: [GKD] Update on Cisco LDC Initiative in Uganda

2004-04-21 Thread Richard Koman
Interesting post. I thought, if you're not aware of our digital bookmobile project, it might be worth putting it on your radar. Funded by an InfoDev grant, AnywhereBooks enabled the national library of Uganda to download, print and bind books from the internet and distribute them to schools,

Re: [GKD] Update on Cisco LDC Initiative in Uganda

2004-04-21 Thread Taran Rampersad
Steven Rudolph wrote: I attended a conference a few weeks ago at UC Berkeley, where there was a keynote of John Morgridge (Chairman of Cisco), followed by Robert Reich (former Secretary of Labor under Clinton). Morgridge spoke of the need to have a blended strategy (financial plus social),

Re: [GKD] Update on Cisco LDC Initiative in Uganda

2004-04-06 Thread Kamwati Wango
I think using the networks for things like e-Governance would be a demonstratable case, further, there is always market value-added services, which require some networks. You can also use the systems to support services like water service management (e.g. monitoring leakage demand, billing, etc).

Re: [GKD] Update on Cisco LDC Initiative in Uganda

2004-04-06 Thread Tariq Mohammed
Dear Sudhakar, Daniel, et al. Thanks very much for raising these important questions. See below for my responses. 1. Should we be churning out hundreds of CCNAs every year when there are not nearly enough jobs to take them in? I agree, the issue of jobs is one of the most crucial indicators of

Re: [GKD] Update on Cisco LDC Initiative in Uganda

2004-04-02 Thread Lunghabo James
Hi all, I have still failed to understand how Cisco training would be translated into economic development initiatives even before the masses can first appreciate computer usage. Can some one help me piece up things here? regards Wire James ***GKD is solely supported by EDC, a

Re: [GKD] Update on Cisco LDC Initiative in Uganda

2004-04-01 Thread John Dada
Rather than stop the CCNx programs wholesale, we provide a graded series of programs starting with primary and secondary computer education, and computer maintenance skills. That way different training needs and opportunities are presented for rural dwellers. We have used this approach to reduce

Re: [GKD] Update on Cisco LDC Initiative in Uganda

2004-04-01 Thread Daniel Stern
Sudhakar, Tariq et al, I think this is my first intervention since being a lurker on the list for several months. I am the director for the Uconnect Schools Project in Uganda. We provide mostly recycled computers to mostly rural primary and secondary schools here on a not-for-profit basis, i.e.

Re: [GKD] Update on Cisco LDC Initiative in Uganda

2004-03-29 Thread Sudhakar Chandra
Tariq Mohammed wrote: A little over a year ago, I arrived in Uganda as United Nations Volunteer (UNV). The purpose of this message is to update ICT4D practitioners about the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Initiative, a private-public partnership between Cisco Systems, UNDP, UNV, ITU and