Development Crisis Follows Economic Crisis

I am sorry to say, but it looks like I was right predicting a humanitarian crisis as a spin off of the economic crisis some months ago.

After Care, Oxfam, the International Red Cross and Worldvision planning to lay off staff, the next victim is the "One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)"-project.

OLPC's goal was to get as many specially designed laptops to kids in developing countries, as part of a vision to create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children.

Founder Nicholas Negroponte explains the cuts:

"Like many other nonprofits that are facing tough economic times, One Laptop per Child must downsize in order to keep costs in line with fewer financial resources. Today we are reducing our team by approximately 50% and there will be salary reductions for the remaining 32 people. While we are saddened by this development, we remain firmly committed to our mission of getting laptops to children in developing countries." (Full)

2 comments:

konnie 12 January, 2009 02:46  

I second your opinion on this matter. Personally I have a child that suffers from ADD, and this aspect of child development has left me puzzled on the options that I can take up. Sometimes I am just at my wit's end.

Peter 12 January, 2009 08:48  

@konnie

Well, it was a different type of "development" I was talking about in the post, but I still wish you the best of luck with your child...!

Peter

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