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The aim of this research is to identify ways to emulate and implement the best of western technology in developing countries given the limited infrastructure, funding and expertise available. Qualitative methodology has involved analysis of the Libyan education system from an experiential and documentary perspective and then to juxtapose this with what is possible in a mathematics department at an Australian University. Three of the most notable differences are: internet access, the use of e-Learning systems and the variety of mathematics and statistical software available. The challenge is to identify the components of these systems which can be made available to support student learning, and in particular mathematics learning, when there is little or no internet access. Possible solutions are identified through an exploration of the components and functionalities of the technologies. These include the use of open source software and of components of the internet, for example html and web browsers, which allow the reshaping of how educational materials are organised and made available to students. It is apparent that professional development will be a key part of the solution.