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Infopoverty World Conference 2012

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Infopoverty World Conference 2012

  1. 1. Close the GapBridging the digital divide Jean-François Soupizet, Counselor @ Close the Gap
  2. 2. Agenda1. Introduction2. Activities in Europe3. Activities in developing countries4. WorldPC5. How to contribute?
  3. 3. 1. INTRODUCTION - The Millennium Development Goals - The digital divide - Mission - Key facts and figures - Board of recommendation
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. The Millennium Development Goals MDG 8 – Target 5: In cooperation with the private sector, make available benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. MissionClose the Gap is an international organisation that helps bridging the digital divide by giving used computers a second life.
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 2. ACTIVITIES IN EUROPE - Material donation - Material reconditioning - Supportive partners - Transport
  12. 12. Material donationHardware donation: – Desktops – Laptops – Screens – Printers Minimum standards matching the needs Minimum 30 computers
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Supportive partnersClose the Gap collaborates with North-basedsupportive partners who provide:– training– educational software– content
  15. 15. Our supportive Partners in 2012
  16. 16. TransportThe computers are transported byair or sea– Smaller orders: • air transport– Bigger orders: • container sea freight– Partnerships • KLM CARGO • other NGO’s
  17. 17. 3. ACTIVITIESIN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES - Selection criteria - Type of projects - We provide more than hardware - Service partners - Follow up
  18. 18. Type of projects• What? – Educational projects – Microfinance projects – Health projects – Medical institutions – Social projects – Good governance institutes – Cultural organisations• Where? – Developing and emerging countries
  19. 19. We provide more than hardwareClose the Gap gives the possibility to receive:– Software– Networking systems– Printers/Photocopiers– Guarantee
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. Follow-upThroughout a strong project management:– Monthly contacts– Annual survey– Evaluation
  24. 24. 4. WORLDPC
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 5. HOW TO CONTRIBUTE ? 2 types of partnerships - Friends of Close the Gap - Strategic partners
  27. 27. Friends of Close the GapComputer donation only
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. Our strategic partners in 2012
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. Questions?Close the Gap: info@close-the-gap.org

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