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Hi All, This is interesting... "We've had several high-tech ventures in Afghanistan that blissfully said they would just rely on power generators to juice up the laptops, but generators require fuel, and people living in absolute poverty have to make tough choices about resource use. The U.S. government's Leapfrog laptop initiative in Afghanistan is another really interesting example to look at." Not quite sure which one you are meaning.... But if it's One Laptop Per Child Afghanistan - I can assure you we've learned from that list. This article is great because we can look at what can make programs succeed and what can make them fail. What we're doing is making an entire interactive curriculum that double to triples time on task (410hrs/yr in Afghanistan vs. 800hrs OECD average), provides structured feedback and access to further learning resources using a digital library that doesn't need Internet access. We actually created the what might be the first sustainably human powered computer system (foot pedal as you go based). OLPC is also incredibly low power making it pretty cost effective to use solar etc. Generators can be interesting experiments, but maintaining them nevermind fuel is a nightmare. As what works can be massively culturally sensitive one needs a couple phases of piloting and research. Firstly the pilot has to explore what models can work. Then the validation phase has to kick in to test the intervention designed against a conventional control case with similar financial resources. -Mike