A Look Inside: Enabling Forest Protection and Education through Microsoft’s Offset Investments

Carbon neutrality is important to Microsoft, not only in terms of our direct carbon emissions, but also when it comes to protecting biodiversity, promoting health and wellbeing and securing food and jobs. Deforestation is estimated to account for approximately 18 percent of global carbon emissions, so we have teamed up with the CarbonNeutral Company to…

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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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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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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,…

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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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Microsoft leads the transformation of South Africa’s IT industry

Posted by Mteto Nyati Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa Microsoft South Africa has just received the nod from the South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry indicating that it is now a Level 2 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) contributor. What this really means, is that the local subsidiary of the software company is the most…

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International Women’s Day

Posted by Cheick DiarraChairman for Africa African women from all walks of life have demonstrated capabilities and potentials that extend far beyond producing food and raising children. Given their central role not only as mothers and caregivers, but also as farmers and informal traders among others, by unleashing their potential we stand a better chance…

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