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The past 30 days in technology for development

Ban Ki-moon is hip -- but then, we already knew that

Evaluating the S-G's performance thus far, Stephen Schlesinger looks at some of the places where Ban has accomplished quite a lot, but which haven't received that much attention: places like Kosovo, Haiti, and Sri Lanka, where Ban's frequent trips have all brought about at least some level of improvement in extraordinarily complex circumstances. Schlesinger sees the point that many like to make, that Ban is less charismatic than certain other S-Gs.

1st Teacher Meeting

We had scheduled a meeting for exactly one week after our arrival; however, when we were notified of a meeting with OLPC Senegal, we had to move that meeting up. We did not want the teachers' first introduction to the xo's be a large, formal meeting among multiple parties.

5 African Technology/Invention Blogs

Here are five of our favorite blogs on invention and technology for social good in Africa:
1. Afrigadget
2. Timbuktu Chronicles
3. Appfrica
4. White African
5. the African Uptimist
What are your favorite blogs? Let us know.

Peace Corps & OLPC

The marriage between Peace Corps and OLPC in our deployment has certainly helped alleviate many forseen challenges. For example, when the 200 xo's arrived at customs in Dakar, we received an email from Devon (PCV in M'boro) asking for our tax exempt information. Five days later 40 boxes of computers appeared at the Peace Corps Headquarters in Dakar, no fee acquired. After reading fellow OLPCorps blogs and the gigantic fees they accrued, we were quite relieved. Peace Corps also lent us their jeeps and driver to transfer us, our luggage, and all the laptops / solar panels to M'boro.

Jinja Nightlife.

Last weekend, we stayed in Jinja since we had to attend a staff meeting in town for OGLM. We decided to stay at the Cool Breeze Hotel instead of the Backpacker’s Hostel because it was $1 USD cheaper and we thought having our own shower and room would be nice. All 3 of us slept in one king size bed, which was pretty comfortable, I must say. But, instead of having a nice quiet place to ourselves we had to deal with big events going on in the courtyard outside our room with extremely loud music playing until 3 AM (though it didnt matter on Saturday since we were out later anyway).

Jinja Nightlife.

Last weekend, we stayed in Jinja since we had to attend a staff meeting in town for OGLM. We decided to stay at the Cool Breeze Hotel instead of the Backpacker’s Hostel because it was $1 USD cheaper and we thought having our own shower and room would be nice. All 3 of us slept in one king size bed, which was pretty comfortable, I must say. But, instead of having a nice quiet place to ourselves we had to deal with big events going on in the courtyard outside our room with extremely loud music playing until 3 AM (though it didnt matter on Saturday since we were out later anyway).

Coup in Honduras

It's mainly being looked at through a Hugo Chavez-centric lens, but yesterday, the Honduran military arrested the country's president, Manuel Zelaya, in Latin America's first post-Cold War coup. Zelaya was an ally of the Venezuelan leader, and Chavez is already blaming the CIA for having a hand in Zelaya's ouster.

Morning Coffee - 29 June 2009

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HONDURAN MILITARY DESTROYS DEMOCRACY TO SAVE IT

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Early yesterday morning soldiers frog-marched the democratically elected president of Honduras from his home and packed him off on the next flight to Costa Rica. Within hours of the ouster of president Manuel Zelaya, a new president was sworn in.

UN Plaza: Ban at 2 1/2 Edition

Jacob Heilbrunn and I take our disagreements to the small screen.  In this diavlog, we discuss Heilbrunn's recent criticism of Ban in Foreign Policy and my explanation of why that criticism is unfair.  We then venture into a few other topics, like Republicans' detachment from their realist roots and, of course, the untimely death of Michael Jackson.  Enjoy!

Grameen’s AppLab comes of age

Today is a very exciting day for many colleagues in Uganda, a day which sees the launch of a suite of new services from Grameen’s AppLab project. I was fortunate enough to be involved in the very early stages of the initiative, spending a month on the ground studying a mixture of geography, culture, challenges, data availability and technologies in and around Kampala (and occasionally beyond).

Heinz 57 (catch-up) part 2

yea so i've been a little lazy.... So hear is stuff from the last week.6/24/-6/25/2009A lot of things happened between these two days. I don't even remember which one happened on which day. Micheal Jackson died. I guess that was pretty much the leading news topic everywhere. I called home and my mom was telling me that he was in the hospital and then Paul got a call from his friend George and he told us that Micheal Jackson passed.

I face my own critics

by William Easterly

It’s only fair that I respond to my critics, in the same way I ask others to respond to my criticisms. A comment by Jeff on the poverty tourism controversy was particularly negative, but also succinct and eloquent, and his concerns seem to overlap with those expressed by other, so I will respond to Jeff directly. I put his comments in bold and my response in italics.

The main take away from this blog in general seems to be this:

Highlighting IU OHOT

OLPC recently asked our team to send them basic information about the following topics so that they can create a one page "At A Glance" that will be used to promote OLPCorps. This will give anyone who is interested an overview of several different areas of our deployment.Deployment: Haenertsburg, Limpopo, South AfricaPower:

Exciting Weekend

We had a very exciting weekend filled with trips to the Blue Lagoon, Neves (Nevish), the beach, and STeP UP’s 5th birthday party. Friday night we went to Pestana, a luxury resort with nightclub and it cost way to much money. I wasn’t excited about going when I heard it was $10 to get in the door. Anyway, we went and it was empty because no locals can afford the entry fee while still having a good time. We want to go again as an end of the trip celebration but it’s just too expensive.

E3 Expo -- GameTECH

 
Check out the latest in electronic entertainment as featured in the E3 Expo: June 2-4 this year.  And join the conversation around games and social good here.
 

The US Army fights me back! -- in a nice peaceful way

The following is the text of an email I received today after asking Lieutenant General William Caldwell IV for comment as one of the authors of the United States Army's Manual with some economic development ideas that I criticized:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

Dear Dr. Easterly,

LTG Caldwell is currently on personal leave and not regularly receiving
email.

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