Bridging the digital divide



Computer Aid International provides only the highest-quality, professionally refurbished computers for reuse in education, health and not-for-profit organisations in developing countries. Computer Aid has shipped over 90,000 PCs to where they are most needed in more than 100 countries, making us the world's largest and most experienced not-for-profit supplier of ICT 4 Development.

Computer Aid International wins Nominet’s Access Award

11th October 2007

Access remains one of the great challenges facing the Internet community in the developing world. The nominet judges felt that the work of Computer Aid epitomized what their access category was about. Computer Aid has enabled many thousands of people in developing countries have access to the Internet, who wouldn’t normally have had the opportunity. Computer Aid’s partners are also able to provide training; capacity building and routine maintenance which help to ensure that the equipment is put to maximum and productive use.

Click here for more on the Nominet Awards

CNET’s Green IT Initiative of the Year award

September 2007

Computer Aid International CEO Tony Roberts (right),
presents the Green IT Initiative of the Year award to
Chris Scott from IBM Global Technology Services. The award was won for their Project Big Green. This years CNET Networks UK Business Technology Awards were held at the London Hilton, Park Lane on the 24th September.

Click here to see which companies and individuals
won the awards

Summer donation record

August 2007

Many UK Colleges and Universities chose to donate their
old PCs to Computer Aid International this summer

A large proportion of these donated computers will be
reused by students and teachers in colleges and universities in developing countries. The largest donation of computers received by Computer Aid was from City and Islington College, who made a donation of 500 PCs this month. Click here for more information


How to tackle the e-waste probem

August 2007

Computer Aid, GreenPeace and HP feature on panel of highly successsful Computing businessGreen WebSeminar series: "How to tackle the e-waste probem"

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Computer Aid International ships its 90,000th PC

Zambian High Commissioner (pictured right) helping to load 90,000th PC

4th July 2007

Computer Aid International today shipped its 90,000th PC. 225 PCs were today shipped to Zambia to be distributed to colleges across the country by the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA). The event was marked with a visit by the Zambian High Commissioner, His Excellency, Anderson K Chibwa who personally helped to load the last PC onto the container.

“Hundreds more Zambian students will now have the opportunity to learn the IT skills that will help secure their future – an opportunity which just would not be possible without the generosity of Computer Aid’s donors” said His Excellency.

Environment Agency licences Computer Aid

3rd July 2007

The Environment Agency has made Computer Aid International one of the very first organisations in the country to be licensed to handle WEEE under new legislation implemented on July 1st.

Following on-site inspections of our systems and processes the Environment Agency has made Computer Aid an Authorised & Approved Treatment Facility (AATF)for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Computer Aid becomes the first international charity to be licensed to handle WEEE for re-use and to be able to issue the evidence notes that are designed to prove that original IT equipmentmanufacturers (OEMs) are complying with the WEEE legislation.

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Cycle Cuba with Computer Aid

Cuba Cycle Challenge

Between 23 February and 3 March 2008, we will be cycling 350km across Cuba, via Havana, Trinidad and the Bay of Pigs. The route includes varied terrain - from stunning Caribbean beaches to steep ascents into the Sierra de Escambray mountains.

By taking part you will raise enough money to provide an entire lab of computers to a disadvantaged school in the developing world. During the trip you will visit one of the many schools that will benefit.

To find out more or apply for the challenge click here. Or contact Stephen on 0208 361 5540 or for your free information pack.

Computer Aid increases minimum specifications for shipments of computers


15 March 2022

As part of our commitment to providing the highest quality computers to the developing world, Computer Aid has doubled the number of Pentium 4 computers provided in each shipment. This means that every shipment of computers provided to schools and community organisations in the developing world will include at least 10% P4s, with the remainder of the shipment composed of Pentium 3 computers.

We are also increasing the hard drive capacity of Pentium 3 computers which will now be shipped with a minimum of a 10GB hard drive. These higher specifications will ensure that beneficiaries in the developing world can make the best possible use of ICT.

To apply for computers online, click here.


  Computer Aid PCs improve food security in Kenya  

James Muthoka at his farm in Machakos

James Muthoka at his farm
in Machakos

London, January 2007

"James Muthoka is a miracle worker," writes Simon Birch in The Independent.

"For 27 years he has tended his small farm outside the dusty town of Machakos, a two-hour ride from Nairobi. That anything grows in this parched land is staggering enough, but this year Muthoka has grown four times more maize than his neighbours. How has Muthoka pulled off this agricultural wonder? With nothing more than a computer," says the article.

Birch goes on to explain that the Kenyan Met Office has been able to computerise its forecasting services, thanks to Computer Aid PCs, which have been provided to the 36 weather stations in Kenya. The weather stations are now able to quickly process weather data, and so provide farmers such as James Muthoka with crucial advice on when the rains are likely to fall and which variety of crops to sow.

"My farm provides the only income for me and my family," says James Muthoka in the article. "The drought is very severe and without the information my crops would have definitely failed."

The bumper harvest also meant that Muthoka was able to sell the additional maize, while his neighbours have insufficient food to feed their family.

Computerised Met Office data is also being used to improve the health of people by forecasting outbreaks of life-threatening diseases such as Malaria and Kala-azar.

You can read the full article about Computer Aid on
The Independent website


BBC showcases Computer Aid's data security solutions

Fiona Bruce, BBC and Tony Roberts at the London workshops

London, August 2006

The bank details of thousands of Britons could fall into the hands of fraudsters, a BBC investigation has revealed, unless companies use professional PC decommissioning organisations such as Computer Aid. Investigative journalist Fiona Bruce exposed the danger of companies' confidential and sensitive data falling into the wrong hands.

BBC 'Real Story' investigators found personal data on the hard drives of PCs exported to Nigeria from the UK. Identity fraud could be possible by buying the hard disks for as little as £15. The BBC visited the Computer Aid workshop in London to showcase the state-of-the-art data security solution offered
by the not-for-profit organisation using Blancco software.
Blancco's multiple overwrite technology is approved by the
UK secret service (GCHQ) agency CESG as well as by the US Department of Defence.

Computer Aid is the only UK charity to use this data destruction software which guarantees that data on donated PCs is 100% unrecoverable. Computer Aid works as a beta-test site for Blancco software and so is always at the cutting edge of data security.

The service is free if working P3 or P4 computers are delivered to the Computer Aid workshop in London. A small fee is charged if Computer Aid are asked to arrange collection. "There is no superior (commercial or not-for-profit) data destruction solution available anywhere in the world than Blancco and Computer Aid International" commented Tony Roberts, Computer Aid's Founder and Chief Executive. Donating PCs to Computer Aid offers data protection compliance as well as WEEE compliance with the added benefit of unlocking the enormous potential re-use value of the computers in schools and community organisations in developing countries.

Watch the programme [video streaming]

Read the report [text]

Click here to donate PCs

UN-HABITAT signs cooperation agreement with Computer Aid

Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT,
signs an agreement with
Tony Roberts

Vancouver, 20 June 2021

UN-HABITAT and Computer Aid International Monday signed a landmark agreement to help avail ICT to the inhabitants of Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya, one of the world's poorest informal settlements.

The document was signed by UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka and Tony Rober

ts Computer Aid International Chief Executive on the sidelines of the ongoing Third Session of the World Urban Forum currently underway in Vancouver, Canada.

The Agreement of Cooperation spelt out how the two organisations will work together to apply ICTs to urban development projects beginning with a pilot in Kibera, Nairobi called the 'Computers for Communities' project. Kibera is Africa's largest urban slum and is home to about one million people. The Computers for Communities project is part of the UN-Habitat 'ICT for Development' programme. Read more on the UN-Habitat website

BBC Visits Computer Aid Kenyan project

Kenyan students using
Computer-Aid PCs.

In the week that Computer Aid celebrates sending PC number 2,000 to Kenyan non-profit Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK), the BBC has broadcast a documentary about our work to supply PCs to schools across the country. Click here to view the documentary.

As the Kenyan High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Joseph Kirugumi Muchemi says: Only with computer skills can our young people compete for professional jobs and only with a workforce skilled in IT can our economy compete fairly for trade and investment.

CFSK are providing Computer Aid PCs to schools even in the most rural areas where students have never previously seen or touched a computer. Mr Yuda, on the Board of Governors at Karama Secondary School, Meru North says: This initiative will help our young people in the schools and the community at large acquire the skills needed to thrive in the world of today.

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Computer Aid International

Sixth-form students in Swaziland enjoying their new computer lab.

Computer Aid has provided PCs to organisations in more than 100 different countries. Approximately 50 percent of PCs have gone to educational institutions, with the remainder going to community organisations working in fields as diverse as HIV/Aids, environment, human rights, and primary healthcare.

Computer Aid International aims to:

- Increase the number of refurbished computers being
re-used overseas

- increase the number of UK organisations donating their
used IT equipment for re-use overseas

-  identify and work with those organisations in recipient countries able to derive maximum value from refurbished computers

-  provide training and work experience in computer repair to people from socially excluded communities in our workshops in the UK


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