The EIB Institute is donating its high quality, decommissioned IT equipment to the international not-for-profit organisation Close the Gap Together with its refurbishing partner Arrow Electronics, Close the Gap gives these computers a new lease of life in socially beneficial projects in developing countries. Local IT experts ensure that ICT infrastructure, training and support are available. At the end of the computers’ second life, they will be recycled in an environmentally friendly way by Close the Gap’s partner WorldLoop.

Since September 2014, the Institute has already donated 15 workstations, 95 PCs and 87 laptops. The donation of ICT equipment is vital to helping developing countries improve their educational and economic prospects.

Inge Gondwe, Deputy General Manager of Close the Gap, said: “We are extremely happy that the EIB Institute has decided to become a partner of Close the Gap by donating its IT assets in support of our mission to bridge the digital divide”.