Excellent entry Mike. Coming from a developing country, I can say that almost everything you says in this article holds true for most ineffective ICT projects. Some of these entail each other, for example 2 and 4. What I see as a big problem is lack of long-term and comprehensive thinking in the design and planning phase. I would also second the idea of Joe Nutt about the incentives of people managing ICT educational projects. How can we design an incentive system so as to reduce corruption and to focus on long-term goals?