A charity organization that collects used electronics, then gives them to individuals in developing countries.
The computer is one of the greatest inventions of all time with the ability to change and improve lives. However, like everything, the level of access differs from place to place. In 2019, only 7.7% of African homes had a computer, according to a Statista report. Compare this to the 78% of American households with a desktop or laptop computer, and the 88% of UK households.
If the rate of computer usage in developing countries can be increased, the quality of life in these countries will also be increased. What's more? Providing free computers in developing countries can reduce poverty rate as many, especially youths, in these countries will learn digital skills and offer their services to others all over the world.
The organization can have collection points in the cities with the highest computer usage. If somebody wants to buy a new PC, yet has a PC in good working condition, they can take it to this collection point.
Alternatively, the organization can partner with logistics companies like DHL. These logistics companies can collect the used PCs for the organization either for free or stipends and deliver them to a central location, where they can be tested, refurbished (when required), and redistributed to selected countries.
To fund the operation, the organization can take money donations. Also, they can apply for grants from PC manufacturers whose Corporate Social Responsibility includes the reduction of e-waste.
With these funds, they can pay for testing, refurbishing, logistics, and staff, and cater for other financial requirements.
When I came up with this idea, I scoured the internet to find if something similar exists. What I found are charities that collect and donate used electronics within developed countries. While this is a laudable idea, I believe developing countries require such interventions more. Hence, the idea.