I have been speaking to some of the activists on the ICT4D front in Grahamstown, Alfredo Terzoli, Peter Wentworth, Hannah Slay, Caroline Pade and Cheryl Hodgkinson. There are lots more to meet and speak to, but suddenly I am seeing things more an African and less a German way: there is time. Why? Any effort that really wants to make a difference in this field must, of necessity, work with government. And government here is "of necessity" bound up in self-agrandising politicking. Which means that things move slowly. To be fair, there are some politicians and civil servants who care.
So in the meantime, eKhaya ICT has been diversifying into 2 new sectors: health-care and online multimedia. The projects we are working on are interestingly related as they both deal with Java and online web-services, requiring technologies like XSLT, J2EE and JSP, and front-desk data entry kind of environments dealing with non-technical office workers, requiring office technology (what else but OpenOffice).
At the moment, I can't say more than that...
And while I was writing this I just arranged my first official meeting with government.
May 16th 2007 08:22