Africa Perception vs. Reality *Response M.J.Morrow*
Jeff’s experiences are quite aligned with my own, most recently in Ethiopia this past August 2007 for the World Information Technology Forum 2007 (Witfor 2007), see also.I noted a passionate discussion from both government and IT leaders in Africa to explore how technology can be used to stimulate collaborative wealth (education, closing skill gaps, jobs, e.g. pulling cottage industries and so on). I have had the honor and pleasure, to have met great colleagues during my session in Ethiopia; some of whom are preparing to meet in Kigali, Rwanda next week for”Connect Africa.”Cisco has been quite active on the education level, at least via its Network Academy Program in Africa, as noted here and here.In short, it’s not about spelling”IP NGN” but rather collaborating with African leaders in creating models for these deployments, which will benefit African nations ultimately.I will continue this dialogue at the Third Global Knowledge Conference, December 11-13 2007, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.So stay tuned!