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