Category Archives: Computer Aid International

Reflecting on 15 years of ICT4D

Last week the not-for-profit agency Computer Aid International celebrated providing its 200,000th computer to education and health organisations working in 112 countries worldwide (including the UK). Computer Aid’s Founder & ex-CEO Tony Roberts reflects on changes in the field of information … Continue reading

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Rant in Defense of ICT4D

Erik Hersman is due a great deal of respect for his work with Ushahidi and iHub Nairobi. I am a confirmed fan of both. On a personal level he’s a genuinely nice guy. However, in my humble opinion, his rant on ‘The … Continue reading

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How to End All eWaste

As previously posted it is certain that every one of the six billion mobile phones produced so far will need to be recycled, along with the 2.6 billion radios, two billion TVs and over a billion computers. The list of … Continue reading

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A is for Access

Our practice of applying ICT for Development (ICT4D) is often concerned with access issues: trying to ensure that even the most marginalised communities, in the most remote locations, have equitable access to the tools that they require for development. In … Continue reading

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10 million first steps

How do you measure the value of being able to save lives with telemedicine? Or of being able to provide the training that means a young women gets her first job as a network engineer? Yet funders love to see … Continue reading

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Death by a Thousand Cuts

The axing by the government of the WEEE Advisory Board is a matter of real concern, coming as it does on the back of decisions to cut the budgets of DEFRA and of the Environment Agency. The new government says … Continue reading

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ICT Against Apartheid

One of the people who played a key role in establishing Computer Aid had previously spent 22 years in jail for treason. Denis Goldberg was a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC, and amongst his … Continue reading

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