Education for Development project focused on reuse and e-waste management in Southern countries
Region / Countries: Senegal
Funding Agency: European Commission
Project duration: 2008 - 2011
In parallel to illegal exports of e-waste contributing to the “digital dumping”, there are many organizations willing to develop access to ICT in developing countries. Those organizations are called “digital solidarity” actors and send second-hand computers to developing countries in order to reduce the digital gap. Thus, in Africa, computers are usually intended for second life, in schools, hospitals, cybercafés but most of these materials are often used and damaged. According to UNEP, 25% to 75% of the computers unloaded every month in Lagos ports (Nigeria) are unusable and often land in open dump sites.
The project aims to address two challenges: contributing to the reduction of the digital gap in developing countries (DC) which is part of Goal 8 of the Millennium Development Goals and avoiding the degradation of the environment in DCs caused by the accumulation of non-treated and end-of-life Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) equipment known as e-waste. The general unavailability of safe e-waste treatment facilities in low-and middle-income countries constitutes a real danger.
Study on the practices of digital solidarity actors in Europe and Senegal “Towards a responsible digital solidarity”. The study can be downloaded at http://www.ewasteguide.info/Guillet_2009_Enda-WASTE (in English)
|A practical guide written by our partner, CF2M, a structure of social economy based in Belgium, which provides an overview of social, environmental and economic, as well as regulatory, legislative and practices around the reuse of IT materials sent to developing countries. Based on the experience of CF2M with their African partners, the guide offers practical methodological hints, tips and techniques . The guide can be downloaded at http://enda-europe.org/solidarite-numerique-responsable (in French)|
A comic book illustrated by a Senegalese artist, which helps to educate young audiences (schools - high schools) to the effects of mindless donations of computer equipment to the South. It depicts a riendship story between young French and Senegalese who met on an internet forum dedicated to Senegalese music. The two teenagers fail to communicate properly due to power outages in Dakar. They eventually meet in the streets of the famous Senegalese capital and adventure leads them up to the hills of the Mbeubeuss landfill where electronic waste are piling up…
The comic is also downloadable at http://enda-europe.org/solidarite-numerique-responsable (in French). Hardcopies are available in the office of Enda Europe: the team is at your disposal to inform about any arrangements for purchase.
An educational exhibition of donated computer equipment "keyboards for all? Not at any price ». This is a lively and educational exhibition (information signs, maps, illustrations and graphics, simple texts to acquire basic knowledge on e-waste and reuse of computer equipment) enriched by the experience of people in the South. The exhibition consisting of 19 panels is also available for rental and sale.
|Project events:||- Round tables in France and Senegal in 2010|
- Travelling exhibition in France and Belgium in 2010 and 2011
- Launching of the comic book in France and Belgium.
- Movie (with Sénéclic, in French)