Launched in 1997, Computer Aid International is a United Kingdom (UK)-based registered charity which refurbishes donated computers for re-use in educational institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and community-based organisations (CBOs) in developing countries.
Communication Strategies: 

Computer Aid International works to tackle the causes and effects of poverty through practical information and communication technology (ICT) solutions. The group works with not-for-profit organisations in developing countries to provide equipment and support where it is most needed by economically poor communities in areas such as agriculture, health, and education.

Specifically, Computer Aid can supply computers to "southern" organisations directly or in co-operation with other "northern" NGOs for their overseas partners and their existing projects. This has included collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Skillshare Africa, SOS Children's Villages, and Coda International - amongst others. Computers have been supplied in quantities from 1 (packed to take on a plane as personal luggage) up to a full 20-foot container of 225 computers or 40-foot container of 450 computers securely packed and ready for shipping.

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Key Points: 

Since 1997, Computer Aid has sent 165,000 fully tested Windows-capable computers to 107 different developing countries.

Recipients are required to provide £42 per computer towards administration and packaging costs. Each organisation either organises its own shipping, or can request Computer Aid's help in doing so (in which case the shipping costs will have to be paid to Computer Aid directly).

Partner Text: 

Computers for Schools Kenya; World Links Zimbabwe; World Links Rwanda; British Council Cameroon; Christian Relief Development Association, Ethiopia; SchoolNet Malawi; SchoolNet Mali; Computer Education Trust, Swaziland; Fantsuam Foundation, Nigeria; CIDA University, South Africa.


Announcement from Computer Aid International; email from Patricia Del Rio to The Communication Initiative on February 16 2010; and Computer Aid International website, February 17 2010.