News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 48 on 17 November 2000

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VOLUNTEERS SEEK TO BUILD AN IT CULTURE IN AFRICA

17 November 2000

Over the last two years there has been a growth in organisations specialising in providing IT expertise by sending volunteers, most notably the Geek Corps and Canada’s NetCorps. Programmes of this kind always raise uneasy issues about who takes most away from the exchange. NetCorps’ Sunita Dixit describes how the organisation has made a contribution to the development of an "IT culture" in Africa.   In two years, nine Canadian volunteer-sending NGOs have delivered a Canadian Government-funded NetCorps program by sponsoring young Canadians to fill four-to six-month IT assignments in developing countries. The program was conceived as a unique learning…