On 1 March, Microsoft Philippines partnered with the Asian Development Bank to host the ADB’s Staff Community Fund NGO partners at an NGO Connection Day in Manila. The event is one of many activities offered through Microsoft’s Tech4Good program for the nonprofit sector, which helps organisations better understand, use and implement technology.

The Asian Development Bank’s Staff Community Fund NGO participants at Microsoft’s NGO Connection Day in Manila

The NGO Connection Day featured Microsoft speakers who delivered presentations on government and civil society, trends in technology, social media, Microsoft resources for the NGO sector as well as training on Windows 8 and the new Office

The NGOs in attendance were happy to learn about new technology available to them through Microsoft’s software donation programme offered by TechSoup Asia as well as to network with each other. “It’s good to go out and meet other NGOs that share the same advocacy as us,” said Haydee Sofranes, Finance and Administrative Officer, DCHFI – Stepping Stone. 

Abegail Canis, Administrative Officer from Kaibigan Ermita Outreach Foundation, added: “Very good event; topics are relevant and speakers are very knowledgeable.”

Participants receiving training on the new Office

Microsoft’s Citizenship team and the ADB’s NGO & Civil Society Center have worked together since 2010 to support NGO capacity building across Asia Pacific, including programmes in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and have co-presented on the Microsoft/ADB partnership at external events like the CIVICUS World
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. Microsoft’s NGO partners have featured prominently at the ADB’s Annual Meeting since 2011. 

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