Microsoft Supports ‘Girls in ICT Day’

By Alethea Lodge-Clarke, Public-Private Partnerships Manager, International Organizations, Microsoft Women and girls are extremely underrepresented in science and technology in the developing and developed world. In the United States, only 18% of computer science degrees are earned by women and only 22% of software engineers at technology companies are women. While information and communications technology…


Get involved in building a foundation for a Digital UN

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft and Board Member of the Foundation for a Digital UN Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is playing a central role in development work around the world. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes in the power of ICT as a strategic enabler and in the opportunity…


Creative Capitalism, Shared Value, social entrepreneurship

At GSEC: Black Bengal meats team presents sustainable community farming and better nutrition in Bangladesh to judges and visitors Can business change the world for the better?  Yes it can if the student teams participating in this week’s Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) are any indication.  With a deep commitment to solve a social issue through a…

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Empowering Youth through Partnerships

I had the pleasure of speaking at the International Youth Foundation’s Youth Leadership and Livelihoods conference in Washington, DC, today. I participated on a panel entitled “The Global Challenge – and Opportunity – of Youth Employment” with colleagues from public, private and civil sector organizations. The panel could not have been more appropriately named. As…


ICT in Africa, A Central Theme at the African Union Heads of State Summit This Month

This week at the African Union Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa leaders from the continent are meeting on the theme of: “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Africa: challenges and prospects for development.” Growing out of an increased recognition that technology is a critical element in supporting regional economic growth and competitiveness, the…


Microsoft Helps Latin American Political Leaders Advance ICT

In 2005, Microsoft started working with the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) of the George Washington University in Washington, DC on a program supported by the Andean Development Corporation to incorporate an ICT and Governability content module into the school’s special program on Governability and Political Management. The ICT module, created with help from…


The EU-Africa Business Forum: ICT for Regional Economic Growth

The current moment is a particularly challenging one for the continent of Africa. Following in line with the global economic crisis, growth in Africa is now expected to be only 2.8 percent in 2009, following five years of consecutive growth above 5.5 percent. Yet no time is more important than now to bolster Africa’s investments…