News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 72 on 18 May 2001

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SENEGAL’S JOKOCLUB GOES FOR PROFIT, FRANCHISE ROUTE

18 May 2001

If Africa’s digital divide projects were movies, Senegal’s JokoClub would be a blockbuster. It has got "big name" support from Youssou N’Dour and the financial clout of Hewlett Packard’s e-Inclusion programme behind it. It has chosen to go the for-profit franchise route and a lot of arguments about sustainability will rest upon its success. For Hewlett Packard it will be a key moment in testing whether the assumptions behind its e-Inclusion programme hold water. Youssou N’Dour will be chatting live with web users from 16.00 GMT, Saturday 11 August (URL at end of article).   Youssou N’Dour and Hewlett-Packard Company…