Close the Gap present at UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 10:13 AM by

From 11 to 15 March, our colleague and Project Manager Bram Over was present at the UN Environment Assembly in Kenya.

As a part of this Assembly, Bram had the opportunity to represent Close the Gap at the Sustainable Innovation Expo, thanks to a booth provided by our longtime partner Deloitte.

During this Expo, Bram spread Close the Gap's story. Participants of the Expo could visit his booth and discover not only Close the Gap and our activities, but also our plans to set up an Innovation Hub in Mombasa and a Circular Economy Hub in Nairobi.

In Nairobi, Close the Gap will set up a remanufacturing plant where computers will be in a first stage refurbished and remarketed, and in a second stage also recycled. In Mombasa, an innovation hub will be opened where innovative entrepreneurship and education will be encouraged, in combination with a makerspace that contains among others CNC machines and 3D printers. For more details on both hubs, click here

At the Expo, Bram was also interviewed by KBC (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation), a national television station in Kenya. In the interview, he explained how Close the Gap fits into Kenya's e-waste management story. He aslo commented on our plans for Nairobi and Mombasa, as described above.

"It was a unique experience to be part of a collaborative booth with Deloitte and WEEE Centre at the Innovation Expo at UNEA. With this booth, we could informe a very divers audience about providing access to ICT, E-waste solutions and supporting grassroots entrepreneurs. It was engaging to meet so many people who care about the environment and strive for a circular economy." - Bram Over, Project Manager Close the Gap.


Apart from the UN Environment Assembly, Bram also visited some of our long-time partners, among others Computers for Schools Kenya and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Centre (WEEE Centre) in Nairobi.