Africa is full of crime and fraud. Their banking system and government officers need to be cleaned up. Criminals are always laundering money rather than working hard and using investments to advance their country. Greed is very common. Nearly all countries are run by dictatorships ranging from good to bad.
We are looking at writing Nokia S40 mobile applications running on the new X3 that can be used in Africa including Sudan, Liberia, Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa to aid in infrastructure projects for health, education and Christian evangelism.
In Africa people only have smartphones on low bandwidth 3G mobile internet plus WiFi at internet cafes to download apps and ebooks. Android is very popular. Laptops are too expensive. EBay UK is where they get their smartphones and laptops.
I met a South African embassy staffer in Canberra in 2010.
South Africa has many mobile phone operators and communications companies.
South Africa is a base for Western IT companies in Africa.
Christine Platt from Orange Presbyterian is new CEO of GRN. She is an electrical engineer from New South Wales. I heard her in July 2012 in Orange Presbyterian. She is using her technical skills in setting up radio transmitters and mobile hard drives and MP3 players with wind-up power supply to deliver the gospel in 6000 languages worldwide including Africa.
South Sudan was formed in the UN in 2011 from the south of Sudan in answer to the persecution of the south by the north's islamic majority. This was an answer to prayer! 200,000 Sudanese have died during this civil war.
A colleague Rhys and Rhondda Hall of ACROSS SIM have setup a Radio Program in South Sudan for education, health and evangelism. Rhondda's father Rhys Price was a close friend of my father Preston Walker. They both went to Melbourne Bible Institute in 1938-39.
Rhys is attending a literacy expo and Mobiles for Education symposium in September 2012 in the USA. At the literacy expo, he is speaking on using digital media players for education, mother tongue books and songs for literacy. ACROSS now receives USAID for All Children Reading Project end of 2012 - great news!
In 2013, part of the radio project will close and some staff will be sacked from Faith Line Ministries. Send aid via Western Union to assist Faith Line Ministries to continue by themselves - worthy project.