Bridging the gender gap and empowering women in ICT

“No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind,” said the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. He was talking about the importance of gender equality, which is something Microsoft takes very seriously, especially in Africa where the gender gap can be wide. It is also an important consideration considering that…

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Digital Access in the Developing World Becomes a Reality Through Partnerships

Posted by Anthony SalcitoVice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft Originally posted on Microsoft on the Issues  One of the profound privileges of my job is that, every year around this same time, we host the Partners in Learning Global forum – this is the Olympics of innovative education. All of the participants (nearly 500 educators from…

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Prioritising Education, Employability and the Cloud for Africa

Posted by Jean-Philippe CourtoisPresident of Microsoft International Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting two African countries – Morocco and Ivory Coast – meeting with business, academic and government leaders in each. My agenda for both countries focused firmly on three topics which are all top of mind in nearly every country I visit in…

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Malawi 2.0: Back to make a difference

Posted by John Nielsen GM, EMEA Customer Service and Support Around this time last year, I accompanied a team of ten Microsoft engineers from the EMEA Customer Service and Support team to Blantyre in Malawi to help launch the Malawi Learning Partnership. We installed a network to connect four schools to allow teachers, students and…

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Imagine Cup: the journey continues

Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer and Platform Evangelist, West, East and Central Africa I can’t believe Imagine Cup 2012 has come and gone again, after months of build-up and excitement. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to be part of the journey and to engage with the talented African teams that made it…

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Guiding Hand: Helping North African Youth To Fulfil Their Potential

By Ghada Khalifa, Citizenship and Community Affairs lead, Microsoft Egypt Working in community affairs in Egypt, particularly in the areas of youth education and job support, has been my passion and privilege for many years. Youth unemployment in Egypt stood at 25% in 2010 and evidence suggests that it has risen in the months since…

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Best of Africa at Imagine Cup 2012

Posted by Dele Akinsade, Developer and Platform Evangelist, West, East and Central Africa “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein Marking Imagine Cup’s ten-year anniversary in 2012, Microsoft is celebrating the 1.4 million (and counting!) students who have participated in the world’s premier technology competition. By focusing on student-led…

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Microsoft’s 2011 Corporate Social Investment Report: One Microsoft, One Africa

Posted by Djam BakhshandegiCitizenship and Partners in Learning Program Manager in Microsoft’s West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands region Since we opened our first African office in 1992, our work has been fueled by both a passion for this continent, and a belief that technology has incredible potential to transform the lives of…

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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…

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Microsoft’s Citizenship efforts in Africa acknowledged at 2011 African Business Awards

Posted by Mteto Nyati and Hennie Loubser Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa and General Manager, Microsoft WECA respectively Since 1992, when we opened our first office in Africa, we have actively worked to help individuals, communities and nations across the continent thrive and grow. Fuelled by the incredible potential we see in Africa – from…

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