A Good Kind of Madness in Singapore

This is a report on the Innovate4Good day that took place in Singapore last weekend.  It was originally posted on the Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific blog. There is a palpable energy and enthusiasm at the Innovate4Good@Microsoft event today in Singapore. The event kicked off with a warm welcome from Clair Deevy, Citizenship Lead for Microsoft…


Connecting Asia’s Unconnected - an affordable and innovative approach

By Frank McCosker, General Manager, Global Strategic Accounts, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Providing universal Internet connectivity, at broadband speed, is increasingly important for fostering economic and social development in Asia. That is why, this week at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Annual Meeting in the Philippines, the ADB NGO Center, in partnership with Microsoft and…


Two stories from Asia: how education is changing

Over a thousand miles and close to forty years separate Khun Mechai Viravaidya and Raj Ridwan Singh yet they have so much in common. Khun Mechai is a world renowned development expert who founded Population and Community Development Association (PDA) which has become the largest nonprofit in Thailand. Khun Mechai is affectionately known as Mr….


Using Technology to Drive Development Results

By John DaSilva, Project Development Manager, Kenan Institute Asia It’s not so easy to fit an organization like Kenan Institute Asia (K.I.Asia) into a description of your typical NGO. We’re as likely to design an intellectual property rights training curriculum for SMEs as we are to conduct IT workforce training for a factory worker, or…


At PATH, Delivering Information Technology in Challenging Locations

By Erik Arnold, Chief Information Office, PATH I’ve just returned from PATH’s offices in Hanoi and Phnom Penh, where a group from our information services team reviewed the state of our global health nonprofit’s technical infrastructure there. We also talked with our Vietnam and Cambodia Country Program staff about partnering on projects that include a…


Just four of 170 million stories

Microsoft’s Community Technology Skills Program began in 2003.  Since then, 170 million individuals have been touched by the program around the world – individuals who used the Community Technology Centers to brush up on their skills; others who took a more intensive training course and ultimately received their Digital Literacy certificate; those who learned at…

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Addressing social and economic issues in Asia

There are three fairly standard reactions I receive when I am telling people about the work Microsoft is undertaking with Governments and community partners to improve lives and drive national competitiveness and first up is usually surprise! I find people are generally unaware of the breadth and depth of work we are doing at a…

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New Grass on Old Turf

Vikas Goswami, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Microsoft India “Helping people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential” is not just a tag line at Microsoft; it is our way of life, work and fun. For the last five years it has been incorporated into my DNA. I see opportunities nay seek opportunities…


CGI: Teachers are the key to providing children with quality education

In 2008, we announced a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to train 10 million teachers by 2015. We undertook this goal, because we believe that every child has the right to a quality education. Throughout the course of a child’s education, there is perhaps no more important influence than the teachers that guide,…


Back to School: Making Sure Students with Disabilities Can See, Hear, and Use their PC

For many parents and teachers, this time of year means preparing for back to school and looking forward to a new school year full of possibilities. Parents are busy making sure their children are ready and have the gear they need for school. Meanwhile educators are preparing their lessons and personalizing their classrooms for the…