Tweaking the design of electronic goods could reduce poverty. Here’s how

Children recover copper and other metals from discarded televisions and other electronic waste, which they exchange for money from nearby junkshops, along a road in Manila April 7, 2011. An e-waste recycling and reclamation company salvages gold and other precious metals like silver, copper and palladium from microprocessors of discarded electronic products like desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones and copying machines. About 4000 integrated circuits from discarded mobile phones can produce about 100 grams of gold.  REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT) - GM1E7480PWO01

In developing, waste electronics are often recycled by youths on dumpsites close to residential areas. Image: REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

Richard Gower
Senior Associate, Economics and Policy, Tearfund
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GPS Tracks for the US’ Electronic Waste
GPS Tracks for the US’ Electronic Waste Image: MIT Senseable City Lab, visualisation from the Basel Action Network’s E-Trash Transparency Project
Ghana’s Electronics Imports (2009)
Ghana’s Electronics Imports (2009) Image: Amoyaw-Osei Y, Agyekum O, Mueller E, Fasko R and Schluep M (2011) Ghana e-Waste country assessment. Secretariat of the Basel Convention.
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