Helping to Respond to the Horn of Africa Crisis

Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft It has been more than two months since famine was declared in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, leaving 12.4 million people in need of emergency aid. Every day, more than 1,500 famine-stricken Somalis arrive in the world’s largest refugee camp…

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Microsoft Kicks off Public Safety Symposium with Focus on the Cloud

Posted by Dermot BarryManaging Director, Worldwide Public Safety, Microsoft Now more than ever, technology helps governments and non-government organizations address some of the most pressing public safety challenges, from responding to disasters and managing significant events to protecting critical information and national security needs. This week, Microsoft is hosting its third annual worldwide Public Safety…


An Update on Microsoft’s Disaster Relief Work in Japan

Posted by Claire BonillaSenior Director, Disaster Management, Microsoft It’s just over a week since the heartbreaking events in Japan that caused such destruction. Over the past week, we’ve all seen the strength of the human spirit and the generosity of people around the world. I’m incredibly proud of our people in Japan, who are working…


A Tale of Two Cities: Prepare, Respond, Rebuild

Posted by Orlando AyalaCorporate Vice President, Chairman Emerging Markets This week in Cartagena, Colombia, Microsoft along with the Colombian Government is hosting the first National Security Leaders Forum.  The event brings together leaders in the public and private sector to discuss helping transform multi-agency operational effectiveness, reduce costs, and improve collaboration and information-sharing to tackle…

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World Humanitarian Day – Honoring those who support people in need

Posted by Claire BonillaSenior Director of Disaster Management In recognition of World Humanitarian Day on August 19, Microsoft commends the thousands of aid workers who have devoted their lives to bringing assistance to others. The international humanitarian community is facing new challenges spawned by climate change, chronic poverty, food crisis, water and energy scarcity, migration,…

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Communication Critical to Relief in Haiti

  Posted by Dr. William A. Brindley Chief Executive Officer, NetHope Dr. William A. Brindley Over the past ten days, the world’s response to the devastation in Haiti has been truly inspiring. The question of “Can we respond?” has been answered with continued outpouring of support. Doubt has been replaced with mobilized action. The lifeblood of this…


Devastation and Inspiration in Haiti

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs Five days after the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti, we are seeing troubling images of the extent of the tragedy and the magnitude of the suffering now unfolding.  We are also seeing an inspiring outpouring of support from people in the United States and around the world.  Ordinary…


Supporting Relief Efforts in Haiti

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs The earthquake in Haiti is an absolute tragedy.  I clearly remember the precise moment when the Tsunami struck Indonesia in 2004 and how that set in motion a chain of events that would hopefully allow us to be better prepared to respond to such tragedies in the future….