How Technology Helps Achieve Sustainable Development for the World’s Refugees

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Mr. Alexander Aleinikoff, the Deputy High Commissioner for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which appears in full at Microsoft on the Issues. The post commemorates World Refugee Day, which is marked yearly on June 20th by the United Nations, along with countries…


International Women’s Day: Recognizing UN Efforts to Increase Gender Equality

By Lynne Stockstad, General Manager, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft “Investment in girls’ education may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world,” Larry Summers wrote as chief economist of the World Bank. As someone who has worked for years in the traditionally male-dominated IT industry, I wholeheartedly agree in the importance of providing…


Helping to respond to the Horn of Africa Crisis

Editor’s note: Cross-posted from the Microsoft on the Issues blog. Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft It has been more than two months since famine was declared in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, leaving 12.4 million people in need of emergency aid. Every day, more than 1,500 famine-stricken…


Out of Isolation: How technology is supporting refugees

Guest post by Sajjad Malik, Chief Operational Solutions and Transition Section, UNHCR Editor’s note: There are currently 43 million people displaced by war, conflict and human rights abuses around the world. The UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR – was established 60 years ago and currently deals with 36.4 million people of concern. Technology has enabled…


Supporting the Work of our UN Partners – A Decade of Impact and Counting

Posted by Linda Zecher, Corporate Vice President Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft   Last night in New York, the United Nations Foundation  honored Microsoft with the inaugural Corporate Award for leadership in advancing UN causes.  I had the distinct honor of accepting this award on behalf of Microsoft and our 88,000 employees worldwide. Pictured Left: Linda…


Telling the refugee story with technology

The UNHCR is exploring new ways of using technology to share the impact of their work. One example is this picture of a girl from Bosaso, Somalia. When you visit the UNHCR site you can zoom in to the picture to reveal a mosaic of over 2,000 different images from the UNHCR’s incredible work. It…

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CGI: Supporting skills, content and context in local communities

A major focus of our global programs is about providing individuals around the world with access to information and communications technology (ICT) – what some still call digital inclusion or “closing the digital divide.” We aren’t a hardware infrastructure provider, so achieving the goal of increasing access requires deep partnerships. It goes beyond the nuts…

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