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Microsoft on the Issues Africa
Bridging the gender gap and empowering women in ICT
“No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind,” said the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. He was talking about the importance of gender equality, which is something Microsoft takes very seriously, especially in Africa where the gender gap can be wide. It is also an important...
11 Mar 2015
Prioritising Education, Employability and the Cloud for Africa
Posted by Jean-Philippe Courtois President of Microsoft International Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting two African countries – Morocco and Ivory Coast – meeting with business, academic and government leaders in each. My agenda for both countries focused firmly on three topics which...
1 Nov 2012
International Women’s Day
Posted by Cheick Diarra Chairman for Africa African women from all walks of life have demonstrated capabilities and potentials that extend far beyond producing food and raising children. Given their central role not only as mothers and caregivers, but also as farmers and informal traders among others...
8 Mar 2011
Digital Access in the Developing World Becomes a Reality Through Partnerships
Posted by Anthony Salcito Vice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft Originally posted on Microsoft on the Issues One of the profound privileges of my job is that, every year around this same time, we host the Partners in Learning Global forum – this is the Olympics of innovative education...
6 Dec 2012
Microsoft’s Citizenship efforts in Africa acknowledged at 2011 African Business Awards
Posted by Mteto Nyat i and Hennie Loubser Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa and General Manager, Microsoft WECA respectively Since 1992, when we opened our first office in Africa, we have actively worked to help individuals, communities and nations across the continent thrive and grow. Fuelled...
8 Jul 2011
Horn of Africa Crisis
By Brad Smith , General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs It has been over two months since famine was declared in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, leaving 12.4 million people in need of emergency aid. Every day over 1,500 famine-stricken Somalis arrive in...
29 Sep 2011
Microsoft leads the transformation of South Africa’s IT industry
Posted by Mteto Nyati Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa Microsoft South Africa has just received the nod from the South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry indicating that it is now a Level 2 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) contributor. What this really means, is that the local subsidiary...
29 Jun 2011
Microsoft’s 2010 Citizenship Report Released
Microsoft recently released its 2010 Annual Report, and this week, we also released our Microsoft 2010 Citizenship Report . The 2010 Microsoft Citizenship Report offers insight on Microsoft’s approach and outlook on economic, social, and environmental issues, as well as reporting on progress...
7 Oct 2010
How Africa can become the next Bric
Posted by Cheick Diarra Chairman for Africa It was with great interest that I recently read an opinion article in the Financial Times on How Africa can become the next Bric , authored by Jim O’Neill, the chief economist at Goldman Sachs, who originally coined the ‘Brics’ acronym...
27 Sep 2010
Microsoft’s 2011 Corporate Social Investment Report: One Microsoft, One Africa
Posted by Djam Bakhshandegi Citizenship and Partners in Learning Program Manager in Microsoft’s West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands region Since we opened our first African office in 1992, our work has been fueled by both a passion for this continent, and a belief that technology...
6 Mar 2012
Guiding Hand: Helping North African Youth To Fulfil Their Potential
By Ghada Khalifa , Citizenship and Community Affairs lead, Microsoft Egypt Working in community affairs in Egypt, particularly in the areas of youth education and job support, has been my passion and privilege for many years. Youth unemployment in Egypt stood at 25% in 2010 and evidence suggests that...
29 Jun 2012
Best of Africa at Imagine Cup 2012
Posted by Dele Akinsade , Developer and Platform Evangelist, West, East and Central Africa “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein Marking Imagine Cup’s ten-year anniversary in 2012, Microsoft is celebrating the 1.4 million (and...
22 Jun 2012
Imagine Cup: the journey continues
Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer and Platform Evangelist, West, East and Central Africa I can’t believe Imagine Cup 2012 has come and gone again, after months of build-up and excitement. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to be part of the journey and to engage with the talented...
24 Jul 2012
Malawi 2.0: Back to make a difference
Posted by John Nielsen GM, EMEA Customer Service and Support Around this time last year , I accompanied a team of ten Microsoft engineers from the EMEA Customer Service and Support team to Blantyre in Malawi to help launch the Malawi Learning Partnership . We installed a network to connect four...
19 Sep 2012
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