Do you think One Laptop Per Child is a good idea?
On one hand, it is easy to see how access to the internet is a positive thing. On the other, it makes little sense to give people computers where electricity is unstable and/or limited or where access to potable water, lack of sewer infrastructure, inadequate waste infrastructure (to properly dispose of old laptops), or otherwise sub-standard living and/or economic conditions are prevalent. Then again, one might argue that it is no different than having a group provide educational opportunities or building water wells – everyone focuses on a single mission and together we all make a difference. Then there is the argument that foreign aid is largely mishandled and is actually preventing countries from stepping up and standing on their own – i.e. there is little incentive to make big changes when you’re getting heaps of free money for being dysfunctional.