On friday april 17 I met with John, who had set up a few cybercafé’s and telecentres both in Uganda and Tanzania. He has a university degree in mechanical engineering, but as soon as he graduated he started focusing on computers. At this moment he forgot all about mechanics, but in the meanwhile he has developed serious computer skills.
There are some social scientists who argue that people with a practical occupation or handicraft have a huge advantage in computer skills. Fatima Mernissi for example points to a new generation of Internet users in rural parts of Morocco who have backgrounds as snake magiciens and carpet weavers. Continue reading
On the plane from Cairo to Kampala I met a young Ugandan guy of 19 years old who just flew back from a tennis match in Egypt. He was a real cosmopolitan; he had traveled already all over the world for tennis matches, he studied as well in Uganda as in South Africa and he got a scholarship for next year to study in the USA. He told me laughing he might do some economic studies too, to help us in Europe with our crisis. He uses the laptop of his brother to surf on the Web for news and downloading music.
I asked him if could do an interview with him later on in Kampala and he gave me the phone number of his sister: ‘Ask for Duncan..’ He himself changed too often of simcard to be reachable.
Once in the country it is not only the humid air taking the attention of your senses. The country is filled with massive advertisement and billboards of telecom companies: ‘connect yourself’…
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Tagged accesibility, enduser, ICT4D, ICT4Uganda, Internet, Kampala, mobile phones, phone calls, telecom advertisement, telecom companies, Uganda
Marcia Luyten argues that the main problem of the failure of development in Uganda is in fact a mentality problem. On the one hand she claims that there is lack of an inner will to progress within the people: men are ‘busy’ drinking beer and women don’t get up early enough to make their children a breakfast. On the other hand they are all part of a system that doesn’t allow for efficient development: profit that is made is not properly invested, and education (in a corrupt society) just isn’t the requisite for a good job.
According to Luyten this is to a large degree due to the Dutch development policies. Continue reading
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Tagged change agents, corruption, development, development critique, development policies, ICT4Uganda, Marcia Luyten, mentality problem, millennium development goals, NGO, Uganda