Bridging the digital divide

Half of Africa doesn’t have electricity. Our mission was to close the digital divide, delivering access to today’s leading technology.

Access to Technology is Critical

According to UNESCO, more than 230 million adults and children in sub-Saharan Africa are unable to read or write. Access to information and communication technology is critical to improving a country’s educational and economic prospects. However, high equipment costs, poor infrastructure and limited proficiency all prevent this essential technology from reaching much of Africa. To solve this, Arrow Electronics helped nonprofit partner Close the Gap launch a program to convert used cargo containers into classrooms and health clinics.

This program came to life through the DigiTruck, a 40-foot steel cargo container converted into a triple insulated mobile computing unit. It is equipped with refurbished technology that includes laptops, tablets, printers, routers and a LED flatscreen TV. The truck is also outfitted with solar panels that power the unit for several days at a time, allowing it to reach remote rural villages with no electricity.

The DigiTruck Project

DigiTruck - Where are They Now?

Educating for the Future

The DigiTruck is now providing 80 orphans at Tuleeni with a classroom full of high-quality, refurbished electronics. Working together, Arrow and Close the Gap plan to build and deploy additional DigiTrucks throughout Africa. In fact, since the deployment of the first DigiTruck, four other companies pledged to sponsor similar units.

For a decade, Arrow has worked with Brussels-based Close the Gap to facilitate the donation of approximately 500,000 refurbished computers to schools and clinics in Africa where they’re used by 1.5 million people. We believe education is the foundation for a bright future. Together, Arrow and Close the Gap are changing lives through creative and sustainable solutions.

The DigiTruck project received a 2021 Communitas Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility.