Close the Gap is an international social enterprise that aims to bridge the digital divide by offering high-quality, pre-owned computers donated by European and international companies to educational, medical and social projects in developing and emerging countries.
Close the Gap collects decommissioned computers from companies and arranges for other organizations to clean the hard disks and then check and configure the hardware according to the requirements of its end-users. The computers are then shipped to the destination country by sea or air transport, to support educational, medical, entrepreneurial and social projects. All the projects are demand-driven and impact oriented initiatives.
Since 2003, Close the Gap has already received more than 700,000 computers from companies all over the world.
Today, Close the Gap has supported more than 5,000 projects all over the world (mainly in Africa), and reached more than 3,000,000 beneficiaries.
Other initiatives to bridge the digital divide
Close the Gap values the sustainable recycling of e-waste. Through Worldloop, Close the Gap makes sure that the donated computers are disposed of in an environmentally responsible way when they are no longer useful.
Close the Gap supports entrepreneurship and innovation by organizing innovation challenges where entrepreneurs receive the opportunity to develop their innovative ideas which provide digital solutions for societal issues.
This platform ultimately aims at building a bridge between the Belgian private sector and the development sector in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals and creating new partnerships.
All of these initiatives contribute to creating impact in Africa and other developing countries.