Computer Aid International joins the MakePovertyHistory campaign

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Computer Aid International, the world's largest not for profit provider of professionally refurbished PCs to organisations in developing countries, has joined the MakePovertyHistory campaign.

Computer Aid International joins over 300 charities, trade unions, faith groups and celebrities who have given their support to make poverty history, calling for trade justice and debt cancellation. The MakePovertyHistory campaign will also lobby the UK Government to end export subsidies that prevent developing countries building successful export economies.

"No one believes that ICTs or internet connectivity alone will make poverty history. However, no national plan for poverty reduction can hope to succeed if it fails to apply ICTs effectively to essential areas such as education, healthcare and goverance," commented Tony Roberts, chief executive of Computer Aid International. Our projects target the provision of professionally refurbished Pentium III computers to development organisations and educational institutions who are focused on these core poverty reduction objectives. Unless developing countries are enabled to compete effectively in the global economy they may forever remain locked into a cycle of poverty and aid-dependency."

Computer Aid International has donated over 45,000 computers from UK corporates, universities and councils to over 4,000 educational institutions and 2,500 community groups in over 90 different developing countries. Over 3 million PCs will be decommissioned in the UK in 2005 these critical ICT resources could be put to practical use by beneficiaries across the developing world. By donating PCs to Computer Aid International, UK companies can help developing countries plan a path out of poverty.

For more information see  website: www.computeraid.org

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