||Geeking in the Third World|
|Subject:||I have mixed feelings on this.....|
Response to: I have mixed feelings on this.....
You say: "doesn't that really amount to the United States paying for I.T. staff to work for private businesses in other countries?" Yes, that's right. And that's terrific. You've got to remember the scale of dollars in these countries. These are not profits that would be more than a rounding error to even small US companies in many case -- not "large profits." But what's wonderful about this approach rather than the "handout" style of a lot of charity, is that it means that the money you spend is an investment. And after a while, you don't have to keep making it. It's like volunteer capital, in a way. Start a business ecology, and you improve the company by helping the people to help themselves.