Empowering RAM4Africa: bridging the digital divide in Africa

This project aims to mitigate the digital/technology gap in Africa by collecting technology (mainly lap-tops and mobiles) that are not used anymore in EU and USA, install Ubuntu and redistribute to the African communities. 

Contact points

Giuseppe Amatulli (Italy base) g.amatulli@spatial-ecology.net

Diana Kemunto (Kenya Base): diana.kemunto44@gmail.com, WhatsApp +254717525823

Ferdinando Didonna (Kenya Base): ferdinando.didonna@gmail.com

The technology gap.

It’s truly amazing to see how technology is shaping our world and the incredible advancements that are being made, as evidenced by the recent release of ChatGPT. In Africa, there is a growing embrace of the tech space, and it’s clear that in order to thrive in this new era, it’s important to have access to gadgets, networks, and the knowledge necessary to use them effectively.

While there are certainly challenges to overcome, such as the digital divide and limited access to affordable and reliable internet connectivity, there are also many initiatives aimed at addressing these issues and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate in this latest revolution. By developing the necessary skills and expertise to harness the power of technology, individuals in Africa and around the world can unlock new opportunities and achieve their goals.

As by 2022, the population of Africa is about 1.4 billion, what is shocking is that of this 1.4 billion people, only around 22-25% have access to the internet, one of the reasons being that they don’t have access to gadgets(Phones, laptops, e.t.c).This highlights the urgent need to address the digital divide in Africa and ensure that everyone has access to the tools and resources they need to thrive in the digital age.  What about the other 75%? What can we do to address this?

The RAM4Africa project

RAM4Africa is a new project dedicated to bringing affordable and reliable technology to communities throughout Africa. Our mission is to empower individuals, disadvantaged in the community who are willing, but unable to own the products with the tools they need to thrive in the digital age.

The access to technology is a critical factor in creating economic opportunities, improving education, and promoting social and cultural growth. Unfortunately, many people throughout Africa do not have access to the latest technologies due to cost and infrastructure limitations.

To address this gap, RAM4Africa project plans to repurpose and refurbish technology that is no longer in use in countries abroad. We will create a network of partners, suppliers, and distributors throughout the region to collect, refurbish, and distribute high-quality computers, laptops, and other technology products at affordable prices. We will work closely with local communities to identify their specific needs and tailor our offerings to provide the best possible solutions.

The refurbishing process will ensure that the technology we offer is reliable, secure, and up-to-date, so that individuals, schools and beneficiaries can make the most of their devices. We will also provide training, support, and other resources to help our customers navigate the digital landscape and take advantage of the opportunities that technology offers.

With Ram4Africa, access to affordable and reliable technology is within reach for everyone, no matter where they live. Join us in our mission to bridge the digital divide and create a brighter future for Africa through technology.

How to bring affordable technology to Africa: a crowdsourcing model driven by a responsible tourism initiative. 

We propose an innovative project model that involves the collaboration of citizens in developed countries and communities in developing countries to support and empower each other. In this model a single tourist plays a central role in collecting the device and transporting them to the final destination. We can summarize the full process in four main steps.    

STEP 1: Collection

The first step of the model involves collecting and functionality checking of old laptops, phones, and electronic gadgets from people who no longer need them in developed countries outside Africa. This operation is  performed by a tourist who is willing to travel to Africa.

STEP 2: Transportation

Next, we rely on tourists and travel agencies visiting African countries, currently focusing on Kenya, to help us transport the devices to our point of contact. We arrange to meet the tourists at the airport or an agreed-upon location to receive the donated devices.

STEP 3: Linux OS installation

In step three, our IT personnel in Kenya service the machines by installing the Ubuntu OS and customizing the software to suit the needs of the local communities who will use them.

STEP 4: Distribution 

Finally, we offer the refurbished devices back to the society at a subsidized price and donate a significant portion to support the community.


Linux installation in refurbished pc
Handling RAM slots to local people