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…

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7 Ways Winner: The More than Me Foundation

Starting today, until November 24th we’ll be announcing the 7 winners of the 7 Ways to Change the World competition with one winner being announced each working day. We are delighted to announce our first winning entry, submitted by Stephanie Hood on behalf of the More than Me Foundation. The More than Me Foundation is…

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Global Give Back Circle featured at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

This week the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting is taking place in New York. The CGI website describes this event as a meeting that “brings together a diverse group of the world’s most distinguished leaders from government, business, and civil society to examine today’s most pressing global challenges and transform that awareness into tangible…

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One day with OneApp

We’ve blogged a fair bit on the launch of OneApp, but I wanted to give some insight into how I’m actually using the local service, called mibli, here in South Africa, where we signed up our first partner, Blue Label Telecoms.   My day goes something like this:   I use my (quite old, actually)…

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Welcome to mibli powered by OneApp

Today in Johannesburg, our first OneApp partner, Blue Label Telecoms, officially launched its mibli powered by OneApp service. This new service provides customers with basic feature phones in South Africa with over a dozen new mobile apps, including a Mobile Wallet. Visit the website below to learn more about mibli!  

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Introducing OneApp – Fun and Function

Of all of the work we do on the Unlimited Potential team, our efforts in the mobile space probably excite me the most.  Why? Well, the last decade has seen mobile phone adoption skyrocket – over 50% of the world’s population owns a mobile device – and it is exhilarating to think that the mobile…

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Beyond the PC: Helping governments do more with technology

At the Centre Africain d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG), a prestigious regional school of management for West and Central Africa, Microsoft introduced an ICT training program for government leaders and decision makers.     CESAG is located in Senegal, a country making headway in the ICT field. Senegal has been increasing its investment in ICT, jumping…

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Even Cattle in Africa Are using Mobile Phones These Days

They might not be updating their Facebook pages or Twittering about local restaurants with the best vegan menu, but thanks to a new software application from Kenyan mobile solutions company Virtual City, you can now find livestock in East Africa grazing by SMS.   Dubbed the Livestock Identification Tracking System, our partners & innovators at…

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How to reach rural, non-electrified classrooms

The Unlimited Potential Group in the Middle East & Africa has been hard at work for more than 6 months to introduce ICT for the first time to a rural school in the village of Ha-Tumo, 30 kilometers outside Lesotho’s capital city, Maseru.   Working with the Lesotho Ministry of Education & Training and technology…

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What Schools in Burkina Faso, Senegal & Mali Can Teach UP

A year ago, the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Group in the Middle East & Africa started a series of pilots in Francophone West Africa, to introduce small-notebook PCs into schools in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mali.    Each pilot used Microsoft software running on 50 low-cost, low energy-consumption laptops (Intel-powered Classmate PCs in Burkina Faso and…

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