Improving access to connectivity in places like rural Africa is the next major step to enabling information sharing, economic growth and universal/ equal access to modern education resources. Today Computer Aid plays an active role in campaigning for satellite providers to reduce unaffordable internet rates and bring connectivity within reach of some of the world’s poorest people.
Powering ICT in communities which have little or no electricity is another challenge that needs to be recognized by ICT4D stakeholders and met collectively. ‘Poor electricity is a main impediment to sustaining ICT in many under-sourced communities. Identifying this, Computer Aid have turned to solar power energy: a key component of our all-in-one transportable internet lab - the ZubaBox.
Communities are the agents of any lasting development. It is our job to build their capacity to improve their own livelihood. This is why Computer Aid’s programs do not simply provide equipment but transfer critical knowledge and training so that people can realize the full potential of ICT and can continue to apply it to the emerging challenges they face long after we have left.
Women and men should have the same rights to access technology and ICT. And this is why we have developed several projects to give girls and women a voice to express themselves through IT. New technologies are great tools for women to learn new skills and enable them to be financially independent.
We strongly advocate in favor of reuse as it has a better impact on the environment. Any defaulted computer we receive is recycled straight away. We also have developed end-of-life PCs centres in Chile and Kenya to recycle and reuse the components of computers that are no longer used by our beneficiaries.
Integral to our approach is providing the training so desperately needed; not just computer competency but ensuring that ICT is integrated into curriculums that seek to enhance life chances and provide equal opportunity to those otherwise disadvantaged.