|Papua New Guinea||1869|
|DR Congo (poorest)||230|
Here are some figures of the numbers of XOs deployed to some of these countries  :
|COUNTRY||NUMBER OF XOs|
Colombia is reported to be about to buy 20,000 and Ghana is reported to be about to buy 10,000.
In addition, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Haiti, Mongolia, Afghanistan have approx 5,000 XOs each provided by the Give1-Get1 program.
So far, the governments which have purchased large quantities (not just pilots and not recipients of the G1G1 – Give one, Get one - scheme) of XO’s are Uruguay, Peru and Mexico.
These Latin American countries are not the poorest in the world. Many African countries are the poorest along with some Asian countries. These countries are roughly 5-10x poorer than those which have actually purchased the OLPC
Each OLPC or XO costs about $180 per person. The Total Cost of Ownership is higher and has been estimated at about $450 over a five year period (disputed figure)
Apart from OLPC, other possible information technologies come to mind for poor countries, which are being used for education:
OMPT (one media player per teacher) - One portable media player with speakers and power source costs as little as $50. This small cost can change a classroom of 40 or 50 individual lives
Mobile phones - for example, see the MobileED project
Telecenters - "I found computers in all the centers, but bicycles, books, cell phones, community radio stations, and video tapes were also used to obtain and share information" (olpc-news article by Robert Kozma)
Internet Kiosks - A day in the life of a village kiosk operator in India
I am not suggesting that the OLPC is not a great technology for the poor children of the world. They need personal computers for maximum benefit. But due to the economic bottom line for some countries at the moment it is too much to expect that they will get there without assistance. Also we need to consider transition technologies like the above to bridge the gap.
Another related issue is the best method(s) of electricity generation for poor countries. This is held over for another article.
Reference / Footnotes:
 Gapminder provides some great visual representations of dry statistic
 OLPC Community News attachment, July 6, 2008 shows a graph of deployments at that time
 OLPC:News provides regular information about deployments