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PC Refurbishment

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Fostering international cooperation in this field to enhance impact and further sharpen economical models behind the PC refurbishment pipelines is at the core of UNESCO’s concern.
The very first gathering of experts on PC refurbishment was organized in March 2003. The second one, focussing on “How to benefit the European Directive to initiate a dynamic foe collecting, refurbishing and distributing computers in developing countries”, took place in October 2005. UNESCO is planning to organize another discussion around the economical models and the projects’ viability and sustainability.

This website is part of UNESCO's strategy to help stakeholders (providers, refurbishers, recyclers, end users, etc.) to share experience and to network.

Together with Schoolnet Africa collaboration, UNESCO will be able to offer a map of the overall stakeholders having PC refurbishment scheme and the recipient countries available on this site from 1rst January.

In terms of capacity building, UNESCO is supporting the following initiatives:

On-line (and CD-ROM) training on computer refurbishment, which is part of the ItrainOnline Multimedia Training Kit

This Kit has been developed with six expert organizations in the ItrainOnline initiative, an online service that helps Internet and computer users sharpen their individual skills and play a key role in bridging the knowledge gap:
  • Association for Progressive Communications (APC),
  • OneWorld International,
  • AMARC,
  • International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD),
  • Search for Common Ground,
  • Radio for Development, and
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
French version of SchoolNet Africa’s Technical Service Centre Managers course

Training of 30 practitioners from Francophone African countries, with 30% female participation, on PC refurbishment services was completed by the end of March 2006 in collaboration with the Groupe pour l’Etude et l’Enseignement de la Population (GEEP).

Production of an open source “plug and play” software of the FAIR computer recycling suite

This software application, which drastically facilitates automated computer recycling, includes the following features usable from Pentium II:
  • registration of hardware,
  • hardware inventory detection,
  • classification of computers,
  • hardware reports,
  • data Erasure (Gutmann-sub),
  • sha1 HDD fingerprints,
  • donor reports,
  • boot image installation (HDD/ FDD).
The following UNESCO regional offices have activities in the area of PC refurbishment:

UNESCO Office in Beirut

As part of its "Bridging the Digital Divide" project, the UNESCO Office in Beirut, in cooperation with the Safadi Foundation, recently distributed more than 130 refurbished personal computers to 21 schools in the Northern Lebanon. Each school received from 8 to 12 computers depending on the number of students and teachers that were trained in how to use the new equipment. >> More

UNESCO Office in Bangkok

>> Used computers section