Saturday, October 02, 2004
Opinion: IT Trends to Lure Investment in Schools
It's pretty interesting. His first point aptly notes that as advanced markets are being filled, the remaining task for IT businesses is to start tapping the developing market, e.g., producing low-cost computers for the poor. Second, wireless technology also allows broadband Internet access to communities that previously lacked access. Thirdly, as international aid agencies are looking to invest in ICT, they're going to want to partner with local ICT organizations--which will then hopefully invest their resources into their developing communities. Lastly--and perhaps the most debatable--is that the education sector is the place where all the aspects of ICT come together: IT infrastructure, telecom, and software to serve students.
Because of the author's last tenable assertion that the education sector is where "it's all at," the implication is that the education sector has to realize the first three trends and then create an environment where all the parties involved will converge upon investing in the education sector. I don't know if that's ever going to fly--I'll claim that business interests in developing economies can't handle the long-term horizons for investments in education, unless the government intervenes and creates the proper incentives.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
World Bank Blacklisting Textbook Publishers
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
More on Cancelling Debt to Developing Countries
The Christian Science Monitor also has a much more interesting discussion on this same matter, focusing more on US interests in the debt forgiveness program and the goals of the G-7. This article supports the work of HIPC in erasing debt, citing Tanzania as an example where loan forgiveness allowed the country "boost education and eliminate school fees."
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
World Bank Criticizes Policy Implementation in Indonesia
N. Korea Has Nuclear Weapons
World Bank Proposes Merit-based Teacher Salaries
allAfrica seems to be consistently spotty with details, even reporting two different numbers (90% and 95%) regarding the proportion of teacher salaries in the education budget.
Update: From the home page of the Nation (I can't access the rest of the web site now), teachers have rejected the salary proposals from the World Bank. Big surprise.
Iraq Pays off $81 M of IMF Debt
There seems to be quite a lot of discussion revolving around the issue of debt in developing countries.