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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Helps Create the UNESCO KINL (Knowledge and Innovations Network for Literacy) Portal

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that in conjunction with International Literacy Day it is launching a new portal for supporting and promoting literacy efforts globally. The portal, called the Knowledge an Innovations Network for Literacy (KINL...
  • Blog Post: Africa perfectly poised for the cloud

    Posted by Hennie Loubser Regional General Manager for West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands I recently attended CIO Africa Summit in Nairobi, where African ICT professionals gathered to discuss Africa’s IT opportunities and challenges. One of this year’s clear focus areas...
  • Blog Post: Start-up Africa

    Posted by Aben Kovoor Area Lead, Developer & Platform Group, Microsoft Middle East & Africa To help accelerate the success of entrepreneurs and early stage startups across the African continent, we were proud to announce our support last month for the LIONS@FRICA initiative in partnership...
  • Blog Post: Rural Technology Lab Launched in Mali

    Posted by Matt Berg ICT Director, Millennium Villages Project To demonstrate the critical role technology can play in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty, the Earth Institute, Columbia University has partnered with Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Community Technology...
  • Blog Post: African finalists gear up for Imagine Cup 2011

    Posted by Rizwan Tufail Regional Technology Officer, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Imagination. It is a characteristic often most strongly noticed in young children in their tendency to create imaginary alternatives to their reality. In human society, the ability...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft launches KiSwahili Language Interface Pack for Office 2010

    Posted by Louis Otieno General Manager, Microsoft East and Southern Africa The language we speak is a cornerstone of our personal, social and cultural identity. At Microsoft, we’re working hard to give people across Africa – and the globe – access to some of our popular technologies...
  • Blog Post: Sustainable capacity building in Africa

    Posted by Hennie Loubser General Manager, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands In recent years, it has been the private sector that has driven the expansion of technology access in Africa, by investing USD 11.5 billion or an average 1.3% of Africa’s GDP between 2004...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide Innovative Educators Forum leading the way for teachers

    Posted by Sarietjie Musgrave Head of ICT Innovation in School Education at the University of the Free State, South Africa The sixth annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (WWIEF) kicks off today in Cape Town with a visit to schools in the area that are leading the way in new and exciting teaching...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces BBBEE partners

    Posted by Mteto Nyati Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa After an exhaustive five-month process examining and analysing the 683 hopefuls who had responded, Microsoft South Africa today unveiled the first small black-owned software development firms that will benefit from the company’s...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Inspiration at the Imagine Cup

    Posted by Aben Kovoor Director of Developer & Platform Ecosystem Group, Middle East and Africa, Microsoft It’s amazing how a little imagination and forward thinking can change the world. Where would we be today without advances in medicine like the MRI, technology like PCs and the Internet...
  • Blog Post: Africa’s Pioneers in Education

    Posted by Zeid Shubailat Education Director, Microsoft Middle East and Africa Last week, nearly 100 educators, experts and school administrators gathered in Mombasa, Kenya for the third annual Pan-African Innovative Education Forum. We thank our generous hosts and partners at the Aga Khan Academy...
  • Blog Post: Looking beyond ICT for ICT’s sake

    Posted by Rizwan Tufail Regional Director and Technology Officer for Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands Technology is an undisputed enabler of innovation. And in Africa, it has the potential to revolutionize development. In particular, the explosion of mobile phones...