Fighting Cybercrime in Nigeria

Posted by Dr. Jummai Umar-AjijolaCitizenship Manager Lead, Microsoft Anglophone West Africa The concern for Internet safety is a global phenomenon. It is of particular concern in Africa as those who previously never had access are increasingly being connected through their computers, mobile phones and other devices. Although the prevalence of both social and business Internet-enabled…

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Sustainable capacity building in Africa

Posted by Hennie Loubser General Manager, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands In recent years, it has been the private sector that has driven the expansion of technology access in Africa, by investing USD 11.5 billion or an average 1.3% of Africa’s GDP between 2004 and 2007 (Source: African Economic Outlook)….

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The Economic Impact of the Cloud

To prepare for the cloud transition, IT leaders who make investments in infrastructure, architectures, and skills have a critical need for a clear vision of where the industry is heading.  We believe the best way to form this vision is to understand the underlying economics driving this long-term trend.  We’ve done extensive analysis of these…

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Worldwide Innovative Educators Forum leading the way for teachers

Posted by Sarietjie MusgraveHead of ICT Innovation in School Education at the University of the Free State, South Africa The sixth annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (WWIEF) kicks off today in Cape Town with a visit to  schools in the area that are leading the way in new and exciting teaching techniques. Here, guest blogger…

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Microsoft’s 2010 Citizenship Report Released

  Microsoft recently released its 2010 Annual Report, and this week, we also released our Microsoft 2010 Citizenship Report. The 2010 Microsoft Citizenship Report offers insight on Microsoft’s approach and outlook on economic, social, and environmental issues, as well as reporting on progress. How we conduct ourselves and our business is as important as delivering…

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How Africa can become the next Bric

  Posted by Cheick DiarraChairman for Africa It was with great interest that I recently read an opinion article in the Financial Times on How Africa can become the next Bric, authored by Jim O’Neill, the chief economist at Goldman Sachs, who originally coined the ‘Brics’ acronym. I am delighted to see that Africa’s potential is…

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Africa perfectly poised for the cloud

Posted by Hennie Loubser   Regional General Manager for West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands I recently attended CIO Africa Summit in Nairobi, where African ICT professionals gathered to discuss Africa’s IT opportunities and challenges. One of this year’s clear focus areas was the developing potential of the cloud. Microsoft has invested heavily…

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Microsoft Helps Create the UNESCO KINL (Knowledge and Innovations Network for Literacy) Portal

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that in conjunction with International Literacy Day it is launching a new portal for supporting and promoting literacy efforts globally. The portal, called the Knowledge an Innovations Network for Literacy (KINL) has been supported by Microsoft and Verizon. Read more about how this new…

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Africa’s Pioneers in Education

Posted by Zeid ShubailatEducation Director, Microsoft Middle East and Africa Last week, nearly 100 educators, experts and school administrators gathered in Mombasa, Kenya for the third annual Pan-African Innovative Education Forum. We thank our generous hosts and partners at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, who held three days of interactive workshops, teacher exhibitions and judging…

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We Speak Your Language

Posted by Hennie LoubserRegional General Manager for West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Language preservation is a familiar debate for many government leaders, policymakers and humanitarians searching for development solutions in Africa. With their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, and education, languages are the vital, but fragile, ties that can bind…

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