2017 November 3

Make ICT Fair

The European Commission has granted three million euros funding for the three year project Make ICT Fair - Reforming Manufacture & Minerals Supply Chains through Policy, Finance & Public Procurement. Electronics Watch is one of 10 co-applicants, which also include the University of Edinburgh, an affiliate and founding member of Electronics Watch, and former NGO EW founding partners, Sudwind (Austria), People and Planet (UK), and SETEM Catalunya.  New coalition partners include ICLEI, which organises the triennial EcoProcura conferences.

The overall objective of the project is to:

  • Increase EU citizen knowledge of EU development cooperation within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Raise awareness & understanding of EU citizens/decision makers about the interdependencies between the Global South and Europe,
  • Mobilise EU citizens/decision makers & ICT purchasers/procurers working in the EU Public Sector to improve workers'/communities' rights and conditions in the ICT industry.

Electronics Watch will be responsible for advocacy & lobbying of public bodies and capacity building of public authorities & southern monitoring partners. The grant will allow us to deepen current work, and also to develop ways to address responsible mining issues with affiliates.  The project officially started on 1st November.