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  • Blog Post: The EU-Africa Business Forum: ICT for Regional Economic Growth

    The current moment is a particularly challenging one for the continent of Africa. Following in line with the global economic crisis, growth in Africa is now expected to be only 2.8 percent in 2009, following five years of consecutive growth above 5.5 percent. Yet no time is more important than now to...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup US Finals - People’s Choice (that means YOU!)

    Next week some of the brightest – and youngest – minds in America will compete in the US Finals of the Imagine Cup , Microsoft’s worldwide student technology competition. Fifteen student teams were chosen out of thousands to showcase the technology applications they designed to help...
  • Blog Post: A Giant Step for Workforce Training Collaboration

    Last week the White House announced the inaugural grants of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) that included the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS), as one of 11 award recipients. The two-year, $7.7 million award will fund an expansion of existing training programs in several of 23 NFWS sites...
  • Blog Post: Meet Benedict and Ken – two generations buzzed about technology in Hong Kong

    I am just back from Hong Kong where I attended one of our NGO Connection Days. The connection days are held around the world and provide nonprofits with the opportunity to come together, network and find out about how they can use technology to support their organizations. The event in Hong Kong was...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Grants Awarded to Four Puget Sound Organizations at Opening of Microsoft Bellevue Retail Store

    Posted by: Jane Broom Today, Microsoft opened our seventh Microsoft Store, right here in our backyard in Bellevue, Washington. As with each of our previous store openings, we awarded grants to local community organizations as part of the Grand Opening. At a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning...
  • Blog Post: Back-to-school with centers of technology excellence

    It’s back-to-school this month for nearly 56 million K-12 students in the U.S. Many will participate in afterschool programs that offer supervised activities for children of working parents or caregivers and providing developmental opportunities to urban and rural youth. Boys & Girls Clubs...
  • Blog Post: Empowering Youth through Partnerships

    I had the pleasure of speaking at the International Youth Foundation’s Youth Leadership and Livelihoods conference in Washington, DC, today. I participated on a panel entitled “The Global Challenge – and Opportunity – of Youth Employment” with colleagues from public, private...
  • Blog Post: A Closer Look at the Nonprofit IT Pyramid: A Framework Love Story in 4 Parts

    Last week in our post, Demystifying Nonprofit IT Adoption and Innovation , we introduced you to the Nonprofit IT Pyramid. We love pyramids; particularly this one (I’m not kidding). Not only does it help us understand how nonprofits approach technology, but it also helps us focus our resources and...
  • Blog Post: First Place Imagine Cup Design for Development Award goes to COSMIC!

    This just in from Cairo...a big congratulations to team COSMIC from Universiti Sains Malaysia! At tonight’s Imagine Cup closing ceremony staged in front of the Pyramids, Jasy Liew Suet Yan, Loo Wan Koe, Mathew Phiong Yoon Kheong, Ooi Keng Siang were awarded the 1st place Unlimited Potential...
  • Blog Post: Elevate Veterans Sweepstakes Winners Announced

    U.S. Air Force Veteran having fun with Kinect for Xbox 360 at the USO of New York. During Veterans Week 2010, thousands of tweets poured out in support of U.S. Military veterans. The message was an important one, “Help Elevate America’s Veterans”! Microsoft’s Elevate America...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft Elevate America nonprofits grant program

    Today we are launching the Elevate America community initiative , a new grant program that will support nonprofit organizations offering employment services, including technology skills training and job placement, in local communities across the United States. To support this initiative, we are committing...
  • Blog Post: Our Duty

    By: Sloan Gibson, USO President Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . Your USO works to lift to the spirits of America’s troops and their families. When assessing how well...
  • Blog Post: New program to develop IT skills in Haiti

    Frank Schott , the global program director for NetHope has written a blog post over on Wired’s Haiti ReWired site about the chronic shortage of local information and communication technology (ICT) professionals in the country. Frank writes: ICT can be used to support health, education...
  • Blog Post: CGI: Guest Post - Helping Girls in Kenya to Give Back

    Linda Lockhart, Managing Director, Global Give Back Circle Imagine you are a disadvantaged girl in Kenya, categorized as coming from the bottom of the economic pyramid. Imagine you grew up sleeping in a hut made from mud and dung, and next to you, in another hut your grandparents kept a cow, some...
  • Blog Post: More public awareness needed of the devastation in Pakistan

    The floods in Pakistan have caused devastation of an unprecedented scale. A huge swath of the country is submerged under water and we are seeing millions of people suffering. The number of people impacted is of a scale not seen before. The world is watching, learning more, and realizing the scope...
  • Blog Post: Elevate America helps U.S. veterans to find employment

    The US elections are just over and the major concern and worry we all share is the economy and the future of our jobs. With the overall unemployment numbers still very high this anxiety is real. Often when I speak with colleagues about training programs they roll their eyes and ask me why start another...
  • Blog Post: ‘Tech Talent 4 Good’ brings students and nonprofits together

    Wouldn’t it be amazing to combine a passion for technology with a unique opportunity to do something worthwhile for a charitable organization? This week we are celebrating the launch of the “ Tech Talent 4 Good ” initiative in Europe that aims to accomplish just that. For many years...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Everyone can make a difference in their local community

    One of the biggest days of the year for employee community engagement at Microsoft is United Way of King County’s Day of Caring. Last Friday, September 24, over 10,000 friends, neighbors, colleagues and citizens volunteered in their communities around King County to assist non-profits and individual’s...
  • Blog Post: Lowy Institute and the Millennium Development Goals

    I was recently invited to speak on a panel at an event being hosted by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Australia. The event was themed “Advancing Innovative Development and Aid Strategies in the Asia Pacific: Advancing the Millennium Development Goals”. The conference aimed to...
  • Blog Post: Top five Microsoft Citizenship posts of 2010

    As the year comes to an end it’s a great opportunity to both look forward to the coming year and review what’s happened over the past twelve months. We thought it would be interesting to highlight the top stories on the blog for 2010 as voted by our readers through their visits. It...
  • Blog Post: Unleashing Technology to Advance Social Change

    Technology can be an amazing tool for social and economic development. It can help people get a better education, learn new skills to earn a living wage, or start a business. It can also enable organizations to meet community needs by broadening access to healthcare, education micro-banking and other...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 for Nonprofits

    On Tuesday, Microsoft Community Affairs and TechSoup hosted a webinar on Office 2010 for Nonprofits and Libraries. Elliot Harmon, a staff writer for TechSoup Global , and Markus Weickenmeier, a product manager at Microsoft, led the presentation on Office 2010 and what it offers nonprofit organizations...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Partner NGOs Building Community Technology Centers across Mexico

    2011 will mark an important year for the Microsoft Community Technology Skills Program (CTSP) in Mexico. In collaboration with several local NGOs, the country’s team is busy creating nine Community Technology Centers (CTCs) to help improve job opportunities and increase productivity for more than...

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