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UNIDO and Microsoft: Electronic Waste (e-Waste) Initiative

The objective of this initiative to foster the development of an environmentally sound e-waste recycling industry in developing countries. With the active support of UNIDO’s 35 National Cleaner Production Centres, it focuses on promoting an environmental service industry in developing countries, preparing national e-waste assessment reports, establishing partnerships with national and international institutions from the public and private sector, and facilitating the establishment of local and regional e-waste dismantling and recycling facilities.

The refurbished computer and e-waste model is being piloted in Uganda and best practices are being replicated across the region. The ultimate goal is to provide SMEs with access to affordable quality hardware in Africa, and to build a “green” recycling industry in the countries.