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OLPC is looking for college students to take on summer internships setting up XO laptops in Africa. Chris Blattman is not impressed:

One thing is for sure, this kind of internship strains my patience. $10,000 for 10 weeks of work delivering laptops? (1) That's 100 laptops right there; (2) $10,000 goes a LONG way in Rwanda; and (3) this strikes me as a job an African would benefit from doing.


Ryan Hahn

Operations Officer

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Wayan @ OLPC News
February 27, 2009

And Chris is being nice. I say that the OLPCorps Africa is a $3.5 million good idea gone bad:…

February 27, 2009

More commentary on the "corps" is at… that nicely complements Chris' view. It's hard enough to make contacts and enact change well ... anywhere. It's continuing the half-baked implementation plans that have dogged OLPC since day one, not to mention insulting local capacity.