Thursday, February 5, 2009

We Need an Information Network

This story on how the internet is reaching remote African villages prompted this thought:

Train an extended network of educated local people in the Kivus to report on developments in their area. Provide them with cell phones that they can use to call, toll-free, an information hub in, say, Goma. The hub would focus on issues of specific concern to the Kivus: resource management and rape, to begin with. This would keep us abreast of developments, and enable us to develop a more comprehensive and up-to-date response to crises as they occur.

Photo: Congolese villagers watch as Rwandan troops march through the village of Pinga in eastern Congo, February 5, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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