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Tech in Rwanda

Posted by DK on June 24, 2009

For those of you interested in economic development AND technology, TechCrunch just published an interesting piece on technology in Rwanda. The article covers cell phones, fiber optic cable, OLPC, and other bits of trivia. As someone who has worked in sub-Saharan Africa, the costs of doing business there are high and volatile. I’m not sure that automation will be running Rwanda’s economy any time soon, but the government’s policy of sending students to India to attend IIT is an interesting twist on capacity building. Who knows what an army of IIT grads can accomplish? As a country that isn’t burdened with the “curse of natural resources,” perhaps Rwanda can redeem it’s troubled history by dreaming big about IT.

Mirror at NotesToSelf


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