TECHNOLOGY AND GOODS SHIPPING
The UK’s surplus computers often have many years of life left in them meaning Afrinspire can reuse them in African communities, reducing UK waste in the process. Not only does this process re-use surplus equipment rather than placing it in the waste-chain, but it puts valuable resources into the hands of Africans to enable them to develop their work further.
We believe in equipping local people with the right tools to create their own solutions, and recognise that technology can play a key role in lifting communities out of abject poverty. Progression of the digital age is as rapid in Africa as anywhere, and harnessing these new tools for effective development is therefore critical, and a key part of Afrinspire’s response.
We also work with researchers developing new technologies to support them in their attempts to provide solutions for the future. Our approach combines careful training and maintenance with the re-use of surplus equipment. We also provide equipment and tools, including sewing machines and typewriters. Provision of such equipment is vital in enabling local communities to support themselves – for example, helping women’s groups to find work as seamstresses.
“Afrikobs Internet Café has not only been of great value to me but also helped many people with disabilities to gain skills to escape the prison of self-pity, poverty, hatred, stigma and all sorts of oppression they experience because of disability”
Anne Kobusingye (Foundation of People with Disabilities)