The Carbon Report – broadening measurement and the sustainable journey

Guest Post by Tim James  Director, sustainableIT – Microsoft Partner After attending some of the events around COP17, it has become abundantly clear that the dialogue of business and society at large has been around the desire to embrace the systemic change required to solve the issues we face as a result of global warming…


The benefits of buying ‘genuine’ get sweeter for consumers in Africa

Posted by Werner Wilders OEM / Retail and Consumer Director for Microsoft West, East Central Africa When it comes to technology, standing still is falling behind. The rate at which technology changes is so fast and its implications for business so enormous that any lag behind the latest updates and functionality can directly equate to…


Wonderbag at COP17: A Simple … Real Impact Idea

Posted by Sarah Collins CEO, Wonderbag As the CEO of Wonderbag I have spent the last several days with my partner Microsoft at COP17. 20,000 attendees, representing 191 countries and 12 heads of state, all descended on Durban, South Africa, where I live and run my business. We experienced some very busy days and long nights…


The building BRICS for knowledge economies

Posted by Mteto Nyati Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa Earlier this year, South African president Jacob Zuma joined his counterparts from Brazil, Russia, India and China on China’s Hainan Island for a summit meeting of the informal group named after the initials of its members. Formerly BRIC, it is now the BRICS club. Many commentators…


Kicking off an African COP

Posted by Paul Lloyd Robson Microsoft Environmental Sustainability Field Engagement The beating of African drums was the sound at the 17th Annual UN Global Climate Conference (COP17) as it opened yesterday in Durban, South Africa. The world’s Governments, NGOs, and other delegates all filed in through the speedy and efficient accreditation process for the conference….


Microsoft opens its doors to the public

Posted by Dele AkinsadeDeveloper and Platform Evangelist Lead for Microsoft in West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands  The growth of internet access and mobile penetration across Africa has resulted in a technology tipping point in terms of the opportunities available to business and consumers. Now is Africa’s time. The potential is tremendous,…


Partnering With Microsoft to Transform Education in Africa

Guest Post By Claire Ighodaro CBEIndependent Director, British Council  As a British Council Trustee, I was proud to announce a new international education and training partnership with Microsoft this morning, at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum 2011 in Washington DC. The partnership with Microsoft is a perfect match, as it aligns with the British Council’s…


Horn of Africa Crisis

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


Making a difference in Malawi

Guest post by John Nielsen GM, EMEA Customer Service and Support Earlier in September, I accompanied a ten-strong team of engineers from across Microsoft EMEA Customer Service & Support to the Blantyre area of Malawi. The team were there to install a brand new network that would connect four local schools. Working closely with teams…


The Global Give Back Circle – A Cycle of Empowerment in Kenya

Posted by Wanjira KamwereGovernment Engagement Manager at Microsoft WECA Education is viewed by some people as a basic human right. I include myself in this group, however the reality is that education is a luxury for many people in the world and pockets of society often find it hard to access. Across Africa, I feel…