4955RE: [ujeni] for sake of argument
- Dec 19, 2005
> Mr. Gates wants to send computers to Africa - an unproductive not toAs someone who spent two post-peace-corps years as a computer consultant on
> say insane idea. I would offer pencils and paper, mops and brooms:
> the schools I have seen in Malawi need them badly.
a wide variety of projects in Malawi, I can only hang my head and agree.
With a few more filing cabinets, a few more reams of paper, and an overhaul
of administrative procedures, the government staff I worked with could have
handled the existing information flow in a few hours a day. The maintenance
and supply problems are insurmountable without donor aid. And I wonder if
people really understand the associated opportunity cost: when a computer
is "given" to Africa it means that donor money goes to Microsoft, Intel,
DHL, and a handful of local import agents.
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I'm not saying that I agree with his arguments necessarily (in fact, my
first instinct is to pick apart *anything* he says), but thought I'd pass
along this Paul Theroux op-ed from the NY Times.
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