UNDPI:To disseminate information & to raise public awareness about the purposes and activities of the UNTo inform UN DPI on Close the Gap activities on a regular basisUNGC:6,500 members organisations(business & non-profit) in135 countriesEngagement:The respect of the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact (human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption) The communication of this engagement towards our partners & general publicThe participation to the UN Global Compact Belgian networkUN GAID:Global forum that would comprehensively address cross-cutting issues related to ICT in development
While we are taking care of the hard- and software installation, we are also collaborating with North-based supportive partners.Supportive partners provide Training: e.g. Ex Change provides volunteer experts for the projectsEducational software: e.g. through E-learning for kidsContent: e.g. BTC-CTB supported CtG in realising a comprehensive feasibility study on assessing the creation of an integrated sustainable e-waste management solution for the East-African community.
One of Close the Gap strongest partnerships consists in the collaboration with the Air France KLM group to assure the shipment of several kilos of material per year through their cargo. Sometimes, other NGOs help us with the transport.
The service partners are local partners whichour in touch and help the beneficiaryorganisations
Close the Gap highly values the 3 R’s (Reduce - Reuse - Recycle) of e-waste management. We strive to ensure that end-of-life equipment is handled in an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective manner. Since 2009, Close the Gap is working on the development of the first e-waste recycling centre of East Africa. On September 27th 2011, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe, Mrs. NeelieKroes, inaugurated the first e-waste recycling centre in Nairobi, Kenya. This centre is the first in the East African Community to deploy a 12-metre long fully-automated cathode ray tube cutting machine, acquired and provided by Close the Gap.
There’s a difference in terms of communication and visibilitybetween the “friends of” and the “strategic partners”.
Acompany is a strategic partners whenitgives a computer donation AND 2 of the 4 followingpointsE-waste certificate: The operations are primarily financed through a mechanism of e-waste certificates, issued and managed by Close the Gap’s e-waste programme called “WorldPC” - we strive for the financial autonomy of our Kenyan partners within 4 years. IT equipment donors are invited to purchase one certificate per donated IT asset: for each asset they give, they are sponsoring the recycling of one asset in the East African Community. More than 5,000 certificates have been so far purchased by European early-believers.
Infopoverty World Conference 2012
Close the GapBridging the digital divide Jean-François Soupizet, Counselor @ Close the Gap
Agenda1. Introduction2. Activities in Europe3. Activities in developing countries4. WorldPC5. How to contribute?
1. INTRODUCTION - The Millennium Development Goals - The digital divide - Mission - Key facts and figures - Board of recommendation
The Millennium Development Goals• Context In September 2000, the world leaders adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration.• Objective: To reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets. Deadline: 2015
The Millennium Development Goals MDG 8 – Target 5: In cooperation with the private sector, make available benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications.
The digital divideInformation and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be used to achieve the MDGs BUT a lot of people don’t have access to ICT.
MissionClose the Gap is an international organisation that helps bridging the digital divide by giving used computers a second life.
Key facts & figuresSince the start of Close the Gap (2003):– More than 200,000 assets donated – 50,000 in 2011– 70,000 computers implemented in projects– More than 700 projects...– in 40 countries
Board of recommendation- Archbishop em. Desmond M. TUTU - Noble peace price 1984- Count Jacques ROGGE - President International Olympic Committee- Prof. h.c. Dr. Harold E. ROBLES - Founder & President Medical Knowledge Institute (MKI)- Viscount Etienne DAVIGNON - Vice Chairman Suez – Tractebel – Former Vice-President of the EU Commission- Mr. François-Xavier de DONNEA - Minister of State in Belgium- Prof. Dr. Marc DESPONTIN - Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel- Mr. Dieter FRISCH - Former Director General Development at the EU-Commission- Mrs. M.M.F. HEIJN EVERWIJN LANGE - Ambassador D.G.O & Amsterdam Dinner and Ambassador Stop Aids Now!- Mrs. Corinne LEPAGE - Member of European Parliament - Former Minister of Environment, France - Partner at Law firm Cabinet Huglo Lepage Associés- Prof. Em. Dr. Silvain LOCCUFIER - Honorary Rector of Vrije Universiteit Brussel- Baron Dr. Peter PIOT - Chairman King Baudouin Foundation and Former Executive Director of UNAIDS- Prof. Dr. Jan PRONK - Former Minister of Development in the Netherlands - Former Deputy Secretary General United Nations - Former Special UN envoy for Sudan- Mrs. Sylviane TOPORKOFF - Founder and Partner at Items International, Founder and President of Global Forum, Lecturer at Paris VIII University (Dauphine)- Prof. Dr. Frank VANDENBROUCKE - Former Minister of Education in Flanders, Belgium- Mr. Tony VANDEPUTTE - Honorary Delegate Administrator at the Federation of Belgian Companies- Baron Prof. Mr. Benjamin VAN CAMP - Pro-Rector and international affairs president at Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Close the Gap and the United Nations• United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI) – Member since June 2010• United Nations Global Compact (UN GC) – Signatory since December 2009• United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID) – Participant since December 2009
2. ACTIVITIES IN EUROPE - Material donation - Material reconditioning - Supportive partners - Transport
Material donationHardware donation: – Desktops – Laptops – Screens – Printers Minimum standards matching the needs Minimum 30 computers
Material reconditioningThe donors receive certified documents: – Status report of the donation (including material quality) – Certificate of destruction (if needed) – Data wipe certificate (Blancco) – Donation report
Supportive partnersClose the Gap collaborates with North-basedsupportive partners who provide:– training– educational software– content
TransportThe computers are transported byair or sea– Smaller orders: • air transport– Bigger orders: • container sea freight– Partnerships • KLM CARGO • other NGO’s
3. ACTIVITIESIN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES - Selection criteria - Type of projects - We provide more than hardware - Service partners - Follow up
Type of projects• What? – Educational projects – Microfinance projects – Health projects – Medical institutions – Social projects – Good governance institutes – Cultural organisations• Where? – Developing and emerging countries
We provide more than hardwareClose the Gap gives the possibility to receive:– Software– Networking systems– Printers/Photocopiers– Guarantee
Service PartnersClose the Gap collaborates with south-basedservice partners who support projects in terms oflocal– transport– installation– training– maintenance– take-back of end-of-life assets.
Our Service Partners in 2012 Upsilon - Computers for Schools Uganda - Schoolnet Uganda - Uconnect Great Lakes Initiatives forComputers For Education Communities Empowermentand Development Computers for Schools Kenya Education Science Experience PromoTic Benelux Afro Center - Affordable Computers and Technology for Tanzania - ViAfrica World Links Zimbabwe Belgian campus
Selection criteria• No commercial project• Only projects with social added value• Only request driven (where computers are needed)• Only organisations who have the necessary capacities (implementation, transport, maintenance, logis tic, etc) or• Organisations in touch with service partners
WorldPC: An E-waste project• Mission: – Taking care of the end-of -life of ICT’s that are sent to developing countries• How? – Through an E-waste centre in Kenya (Pilot project) inaugurated by European Commissioner Neelie Kroes in Sept. 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5mLd4KVy1M
5. HOW TO CONTRIBUTE ? 2 types of partnerships - Friends of Close the Gap - Strategic partners
Friends of Close the GapComputer donation only
Strategic partners Computer donation• Financial contribution: For corporations willing to support Close the Gap in its mission and/or• Project adoption: Tailor-made approach to support a specific project and/or• Philantropic contribution: In-kind for Close the Gap development and/or• E-waste contribution: 1 certificate (10€) for 1 recycled PC in Kenya
Thanks for your attention“The importance of information technologies for educationaluse cannot be underestimated. It gives developing countries theopportunity to skip an entire generation of infrastructure bygoing directly to internet technology.”Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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