IT Schools Africa is now The ITSA Digital Trust


Challenges and Opportunities

Development challenges

Many countries in Africa and across the developing world face similar challenges:

  • Children need education
  • Women and girls need better conditions and opportunities
  • Youths and young adults are looking for ways to earn an income
  • Employers need a workforce with relevant skills, especially in information technology
  • Climate change is causing hardship
  • Poverty is rife

Donor landscape

The donor landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. In addition to traditional donors (such as the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office), a wide range of new players are keen to invest in high-impact programmes. These include:

  • Private philanthropists
  • Businesses with a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) agenda
  • Foundations
  • Trusts

Donors’ priorities

Donors have different priorities, but patterns and trends are emerging for the types of projects they want to support:

  • Education, especially for women and girls
  • Access to technology
  • Economic empowerment, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalised
  • The circular economy (reusing, refurbishing, recycling)

Charity & INGO opportunities

Competition for funding is huge. Many charities and International Non-Governmental Organisations want to stand out from the crowd. They are looking to:

  • Partner with innovative organisations with complementary ambitions and skills
  • Co-design integrated programmes
  • Submit attention-grabbing proposals to secure funding from a wider range of donors
  • Deliver impact at scale and excellent value for money


The ITSA Digital Trust (ITSA) has an innovative approach to address these challenges and opportunities:

Refurbish IT equipment


Computers & laptops collected

We receive donations of good-quality used laptops, desktop computers, monitors, keyboards and mice from organisations across the UK. We erase data with specialist wiping software. We refurbish the equipment to a high standard.


Contribute to the circular economy


Tonnes diverted from landfill

We protect IT equipment from going to landfill, refurbishing it and giving it years more useful life.

Supply to schools in developing countries


Schools in Africa given IT equipment

We supply the refurbished devices to schools in developing countries.

Build IT labs in schools


IT labs installed

We build whole IT labs within schools in Africa, with internet, networked computers, a laptop for the teacher, a projector and blinds.

Train teachers and students


Teachers trained

We give IT training to teachers and students in developing countries, to improve their educational standards and employability.

Engage volunteers


Volunteers engaged

We provide opportunities to many volunteers: back-to-work and community volunteers; students with special needs and for work experience; young people on Award programmes; and corporate volunteers. Our prison programme offers inmates in the UK an opportunity to gain skills and to help us in the cleaning and testing of IT equipment before it is returned to us for re-testing, refurbishment and the installation of software.

Increase access to IT education


Children given an IT education

We provide an IT education for girls and boys, providing them with life-changing opportunities to gain employable skills, income and a higher education. This improves the opportunities of whole communities, especially in rural areas.

ITSA has operated in four countries over the last 20 years (Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya) and we aim to expand our geographic reach.

We are keen to partner with charities and INGOs on large-scale development programmes around the world.

Our preferred model is to act as a sub-contractor or consortium member to deliver part of a wider, integrated programme. However, we are open to other suggestions.

Please contact Geoffrey Newsome for more information or an exploratory discussion.

Additional resources

Please read this excellent article written for The Chartered Institute for IT –  IT Now Magazine
From moribund to Malawi: Martin Cooper MBCS reports on The ITSA Digital Trust, a charity which collects unwanted PCs, upcycles them and delivers them to African schools.
Read the article
To find out more about our charity you can download the latest annual report by clicking on the picture below.
itsa annual report