A Personal Account of the Impact of Typhoon Yolanda

By Karrie Ilagan, Country General Manager, Microsoft Philippines Growing up in the Philippines makes you acutely aware of earthquakes and the monsoon and typhoon seasons; of the rain, wind and sheer power of nature. I have weathered my share of disasters, however, nothing could prepare me for the impact that was Typhoon Yolanda. When this…

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It is the Small Businesses that Make a Big Difference

Asia is the world’s fastest growing economic region, and one of the key contributors that drive this is the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, which also serves as the backbone for developing Asian economies. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) recently held the APEC SME Ministerial Meeting 2013 at Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, from…

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Five Online Fundraising Best Practices for Small NGOs in Developing Countries

The full article was originally posted 10 September 2013 on the Nonprofit Tech for Good Blog by Heather Mansfield. Thanks to Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific, I’ve had the great honor to present a series of online fundraising and social media trainings to over three hundred non-governmental organizations (NGOs) throughout Asia Pacific over the last three…

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Giving Voice to Children with Cerebral Palsy in Nepal

“There was a child at the center who was buried by his own parents in the backyard,” said Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, Country Director of the Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal. He shared this after his recent visit to the premises of Self-help Group for Cerebral Palsy (SGCP) with the youth participants of Microsoft Student Partners (MSP)…

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Skype Enables Unique Learning Experiences beyond the Classroom: Sri Lanka

Education professionals around the world are exploring the use of Skype™ as a platform to connect their classroom and share their learning experiences with teachers across the globe. Skype in the classroom is a free global community that invites teachers to collaborate on classroom projects through the use of Skype, to share skills and inspiration…

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TechSoup Global Enhances Communications with Skype

TechSoup Global was founded in 1987 as CompuMentor, with the objective of helping nonprofit organisations around the world make better use of information technology (IT) to broaden the impact of their work. Currently headquartered in San Francisco, USA, and also operating from its London and Warsaw offices, TechSoup Global also collaborates with businesses and foundations…

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Mobilising Citizen Journalism and Empowering Rural Communities in Sri Lanka

Sarvodaya-Fusion, the information and communication technology (ICT) education arm of nonprofit group Sarvodaya, has been involved in developing and implementing a broad range of educational programmes in disadvantaged communities since 2006. Microsoft Sri Lanka is committed to providing Sarvodaya-Fusion with technical and financial support in aid of their efforts to strengthen community bonds and empower…

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Six Ways Nonprofits Can Use Skype

Skype is an amazing technology. Anyone who travels regularly or who has long-distance friends and family and uses Skype to keep in touch understands that regular video chats can erase the miles instantaneously. With more than 245 million users worldwide, Skype is connecting families, business communities and the nonprofit sector in ways that are transforming our relationships, our work…

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Microsoft Provides Christchurch Women’s Refuge with Disaster-Proof Email Solution

Founded in 1973, Christchurch Women’s Refuge is New Zealand’s first refuge service for women and children affected by family violence. The nonprofit organization serves an area covering the Christchurch, North Canterbury, Selwyn and Banks Peninsula districts, and currently supports more than 12,000 women and children. Following a series of earthquakes that hit New Zealand in…

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Microsoft Technology Saves Lives in Thailand Floods

In 2011 Thailand experienced one of its worst episodes of flooding. As of December 18, the flooding had affected 12.1 million people, the World Disaster Report website reported 762 deaths and 2 missing persons. Many technology pundits believe that the lack of a proper data collection system and inadequate weather forecasting are the main reasons…

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