Fuelling the Aspirations of Young Entrepreneurs through Technology

By Esther K. Sianipar, Citizenship Manager, Microsoft Indonesia Riding on the strong e-commerce momentum, an increasing number of businesses in Southeast Asia are tapping on online resources to expand their reach. Yet, there are many small and fledgling business startups still faced with the lack of e-commerce capabilities to support their business development. In December…

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Hans Andersen Club Boosts Staff Productivity through Microsoft Cloud-based Solutions

Hans Andersen Club (HAC) is a nonprofit organisation with a strong focus on the wellbeing of children and youth. Aimed at enabling the holistic development of children, HAC promotes reading-related activities to help them adapt more easily to a knowledge-based society. The nonprofit, named after renowned Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, was established in 1963…

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YouthSpark: Filling the Opportunity Gap with IT Training for Thai Youth

In March 2014, Microsoft Thailand, and its partners the Phuket provincial office and the National Council for Children and Youth Development (NCYD), held a graduation ceremony in Phuket, Thailand, for 200 students who have just completed Tech Training to Help Extend Youth Empowerment Space, (THE YES) programme. “We believe that education is the single most…

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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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Microsoft Vietnam Partners with ASEAN Foundation to Support Training Professionals

While emerging technologies bring a positive impact to economic developments in Vietnam, having a strong base of local training professionals is necessary for helping young entrepreneurs tap into new business opportunities. To this end, Microsoft Vietnam recently collaborated with the ASEAN Foundation and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to organise the first ‘Training…

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Technology Planning for Nonprofits: An Interview with John Kenyon

Over the last few years, Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific has been supporting Connecting Up’s annual nonprofit technology conference. This year, we also caught up with two of this year’s keynote speakers in a short series of interviews at the Gold Coast in Australia. One of these speakers is John Kenyon, a nonprofit technology strategist and…

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Making a Real Difference in the Lives of People: Janakie Karunaratne

This is part of a series highlighting the valuable work that Microsoft’s Community Affairs Managers are doing in Asia. This piece was contributed by Nikolay Premyanov and Jason Jun Sik Eum, two student interns who spent time with the Microsoft Area HQ Citizenship team in July 2013.This piece was contributed by Gayatri Sitaraman, a student…

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Microsoft Hong Kong Encourages NGOs to Utilize Modern Social Tools to Reach Youth

At the NGO Day 2013, Ms Wong Sau Wa, chief executive of The Church of United Brethren in Christ Social Service Division, shared the need for a modern social tool which enables NGOs to get closer to the younger generation. They are one of the NGOs trialing a cloud-based social and collaboration solution built upon…

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Sichuan Earthquake Relief Efforts Aided by Microsoft China Donations

Microsoft China pledged RMB 1 million (USD162,000) worth of donations and 1,000 emergency relief packages in response to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Ya’an city in Sichuan province in April, which caused at least 192 deaths and left more than 11,000 people injured. In aid of the relief operations in Sichuan, senior Microsoft China executives…

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‘Youth Solutions!’ Empowers Youth Led NGOs in South Asia

According to the World Bank, South Asia created nearly 800,000 jobs per month between 2000 and 2010. However, despite growth, the region is still home to half a billion of the world’s poorest people. Since labor is the primary asset of the poor, having more and better jobs is the key employment challenge facing the…

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