Last Friday I received a call from the Mission of Spain to the UN requesting a meeting to discuss possible support for OLPC. So I had to wear a nice tie and shirt for the ensuing meeting which took place today.
The meeting with the Mission’s Deputy went quite well. I presented UNDP’s take on this initiative which in a nutshell related to both the achievement of the MDGs (goals 2 and 8 for those who are really curious) and also added the governance angle from the perspective of service delivery for the poor (education is still a public service is many countries but still does not reach many children and when it does it is precarious).
Spain expressed interest in possibly doing a pilot in Latin America or Africa. Consultations with Madrid are expected to take place soon.