I am looking at my email inbox and thinking what emails I should choose to reply to as I "move in" to my space here at dadamac.net. As I look, I realise that I will probably be making reference to information published on the Internet within my replies. This means it would be helpful to have the relevant links easily to hand.
When Dadamac started to have regular UK-Nigeria team meetings we used Yahoo. (It was the natural choice, because people in the team already knew Yahoo and had Yahoo IDs.) Then we had problems with the reliability of Yahoo and moved over to Skype instead. (By then some people were using - or trying to use - Skype for transnational voice chats, so the interface was not completely unfamiliar.) This week, when we gathered at our various locations ready for our online session, Skype had a glitch, which seriously interupted the business of the meeting.
My reply to Vijay.
I am glad you feel you are getting a good idea of who we are and what we do. You explained what you have already learned about us through the website. I liked the way you expressed it, saying "the Dadamac community links up to the Fantsuam Foundation in a partnership that could open new vistas in collaboration and knowledge networks".
My reply to Pam.
Thanks for the long reply and please convey my thanks to Andy for his thoughts on how the open letter section should look and feel.
Over the past five hours, I have not been able to open the site. So I had no other choice but to take a look at the cached versions of the site (which takes time to download).
This week we had the first planning and practice meeting for Dadamac Day (DD). The DD team, Chollom and Alheri (in Nigeria) and Nikki and Pam (in UK), e-met through one of Dadamac's usual typed Skype conferences.
Date, time and place.
The date and time are agreed -Saturday November 7th 10:00 GMT, 11:00 Nigerian time, 13:00 East Africa Time.
My reply to Vijay's last letter.
I'm glad you like the idea of the website as our "reception area", and the fact that it will link through to the "back offices". I can understand your confusion about Dadamac. I believe that as the reception area begins to link up better with the "back offices" things will become clearer. Meanwhile your questions will help me to know what I should try to collect from the "back offices" for people to see when they first "arrive here".
Your questions and observations are all very useful. Thanks too for mentioning that you got the "Oops page". This is helpful feedback, I will let our tech people know.
I am not sure if I can easiy answer your questions quite in the way that you have formulated them, but I will try to respond to them. I see you are trying to make sense of Dadamac's involvement in development. You are looking at the four "areas" (Dadamac Limited, Foundation, Learners and Open Knowledge).You are also raising sensible issues regarding finance and sustainablility.
I think you may sometimes find it easier to think first about the Dadamac community (the people), then the four areas that relate to "how we do what we do" may make more sense.
The Knowledge Resource Centre was in need of furniture it could call its own, and this was mentioned at a recent UK-Nigeria team meeting.
Thanks to VSO volunteer Cicely for this news from our partner organisation Fantsuam foundation.
This week Fantsuam has started work on three new construction projects at its Bayan Loco compound in Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
Fantsuam partner ICAP will be providing food items as part of its nutritional support programme for people living with HIV/AIDS. The new store will ensure that supplies are kept fresh and secure for maximum benefits to recipients. It is also intended that the store will serve as a pilot for grain storage programmes to help agricultural microfinance clients make better use of seasonal fluctuations by storing produce when prices are high, rather than selling all when the market is depressed.
This is my Reply to Vijay's last letter
I am excited about our open-letter, learn-by-doing, project. Thank you for agreeing to give it a go - and welcome to your new role in the Dadamac Community.
Maybe, like you, I should start by giving my impression of our initial exchange of emails.