SAFIPA and mini-Marshall plans.
SAFIPA - South Africa Finland Knowledge Partnership on ICT Programme
SAFIPA is the sister programme of COFISA - a part of the Finnish South african cCooperation Framework on innovation in South Africa. I think this is a kind of mini-Marshall plan and brilliant. The developed world is helping the developing world come online, which benefits everyone. And that is a reward in itself. In a knowledge based world everyone benefits. This is a huge difference to the imperialistically based models that we have seen previously and perhaps the way of the future. It is definitely the way to a better future.
eKhaya ICT and Rhodes University recently attended a workshop on making a proposal for the programme in East London. eKhaya ICT is definitely looking at shaping a better future, through knowledge.
This links to an article in the Weekly Guardian about Cuba and a new Latin-American rennaissance (despite falling oil costs). Latin America seems to be putting faith in a new kind of socialism, based on education, poverty reduction, controlled nationalisation of resources. African citizens, citizens of arguably the richest region in the world, could take note of these changes and demand some of them from their governments. If only they knew.
February 23rd 2009 09:18