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February 2009

An update on the new $10/$20 computer for education in India

Michael Trucano's picture

the Kingfisher arrived in India long ago ... we'll have to wait for the R500 laptop a little longer | image attribution at bottomEn route to Mumbai, I thought I'd pass around some summary information about the new "$10 education laptop" officially announced this week in India.

This has received a great deal of press attention, much of which appears to be (after doing some further investigation) ill-informed / speculative.

Lost in much of the hype has been what is perhaps the more interesting story -- the apparent public commitment by the Indian government to provide subsidized connectivity for schools, colleges and universities, and a related large investment in the development of "e-content", as part of a new "National Mission in Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT)".  Part of this includes the development of a new national ICT in school education policy.

Welcome to DM2009

Aaron Leonard's picture

Greetings and welcome to the Development Marketplace '09 blog!  After a brief hiatus, the DM blog is back on board. My name is Aaron - I am the newest member of the DM team and will be a frequent voice here. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with you.  If you are a past DM winner, we’d love to hear how things are going. If you have news about upcoming competitions, let us know. If you have any suggestions on how we can do things better, send me a note or add your comment here!

Special ‘financial crisis’ issue of World Bank Research Digest

Ignacio Hernandez's picture

The latest issue of the quarterly World Bank Research Digest includes a summary of past World Bank research papers that provide lessons relevant to the present situation; new papers written since September 2008; and projections for future economic growth across the world’s developing regions.


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