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World Computer Exchange (WCE)

USAID Missions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America have successfully used the SETA, GDA, and dot-COM mechanisms to retain the services of World Computer Exchange ( as a source of donated computers for connecting youth to the Internet. WCE – A US nonprofit that has shipped more than 7,000 computers to 16 countries in the last two years - also provides online and on-site planning, training, and troubleshooting and acts as a broker for a range of services (including sister-schools) requested by the recipients of the equipment. To cover its costs, WCE seeks donations of $57.50 plus shipping per computer from the recipient or other funding source. Within three months of approving a sustainable implementation plan and making financial arrangements, WCE gathers the computers and ships them in multiples of 200 or 400 sets, with one printer for every ten computers and a variety of fax machines, scanners, routers, software, manuals, and peripherals. The shipping costs of a container of 400 sets to an ocean port add a range of $7.50 each for India to $12.50 for Cameroon. The recipient is responsible for the costs of shipping from the port-of-entry as well as for any demurrage. WCE is in the process of expanding its number of offices so that it will continue to have adequate supply to meet the growing demand. Currently, WCE has an inventory of tested, working Power Macs that are available for less - $40 each plus shipping and that can be shipped sooner - within one month.

Organization Type:

DOT: dot-EDU

Web Site:

Additional Information: WCE Summary
One page summary about WCE

For more information on working with World Computer Exchange:
Stephen Tournas, dot-EDU CTO
Email: Tel: +1 202 712-0154

Education Development Center
William Wright, Program Director
Email: Tel: +1 202 572-3700

World Computer Exchange
936 Nantasket Avenue
United States

Phone: 781-925-3078
Fax: 509-752-9186

Country Experience:

Benin, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Asia & Near East
Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam

Europe & Eurasia
Georgia, Lithuania

Latin America & Caribbean
Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico

Institutional Capacities:

Hardware, software, and physical infrastructure
Telecenters/Public Access Centers (installing LANs, establishing access, maintenance).
PC or online based training systems/ e-learning
Web design and development
Software and application development
Technical training (LAN admin, web design, PC maintenance, software development, etc)

Public access to ICTs
Developing local partnerships with entrepreneurs, private sector
Organizational capacity building
Business development training activities to promote sustainability
Small-business financial planning
Community access telecenter establishment

E-learning & e-training
Creating content for e-learning content
Implemening e-learning/e-training activities, and scaling up projects
Localizing content and applications

Monitoring and evaluation
M&E for ICT and development programs
Formative and quantitative evaluation

Content development and repurposing
Content development for specific sectors

ICT and Gender
Public access to ICTs for women and girls
Education for women and girls
IT training and employment for women and girls

ICT and Formal Education
Curricula creation and reform
Teacher training
School administration and management reform and capacity building
Project-based learning through ICTs
Pedagogical analysis and evaluation

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Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Energy and Information Technology (EGAT/EIT/IT), Office of Human Capacity Development: Basic Education Team (EGAT/HCD), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.
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