In Latin America and the Caribbean, the knowledge economy has become one of the region’s most important means of maintaining competitiveness and improving living standards, yet the vast majority of this region is still underserved by technology.
Microsoft is partnering with public and private sector organizations to address this need through technology as an enabler for sustainable economic growth.
ATC21 is a worldwide project to help give students skills to succeed in the 21st century.
The IDB has worked in close collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Education and Professional Training (MENFP) and Microsoft to support the reform of Haiti’s education system and increased learning opportunities for Haitians.
The Educational Portal of the Americas (Educoas) provides online learning for students, training for government officials and professional development resources for educators throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Microsoft supports the OAS in establishing e-portals for municipalities and government agencies throughout the Americas. Successful projects are used as reference cases to help share best practices and foster quicker deployment.
The Haiti Government and the IDB created a technology solution the Haiti Integrated Government Platform (HIGP) that creates immediate capability in government entities to provide information and services to citizens.
The IDB and Microsoft are partnering to support SMEs in tourism through the Microsoft Innovation Center for Tourism (MICTT) in Panama and will bring new technology projects to the MICTT, focused on designing solutions for SMEs in Panama’s tourism sector.
POETA trains people with disabilities throughout Latin America, and helps them find jobs in growing industries, including telecommunications, telemarketing and hospitality.
IDB and Microsoft have established the Youth Fund for Innovation and Social Action to broaden access to ICT and skills training for youth in Latin America.
The Virtual Institute was established with support from Microsoft and the IDB to advance the research agenda in ICT applied to the development of Latin America, as well as increase opportunities for the regional research community.
Tackling unemployment in Latin America through access to Technology.
Microsoft and the OAS have partnered to collaborate on technological and educational development in The Americas. The main goal of the partnership is to accelerate development for the region through strategic investments in Information and Communication
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the primary source of multilateral financing for economic, social and institutional development projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Organization of American States (OAS) works toward strengthening democracy and defending common interests by carrying out mandates established by participating countries.
The OAS POETA program helps people with disabilities gain access to ICT and related skills to foster economic development and employment.
The George Washington School of Political Management together with Microsoft and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima are educating politicians on the use of ICT in many facets of politics and good governance.
Programs including POETA, Micronet and the Virtual Institute are helping to transform education, foster innovation and enable economic and social opportunities in the region.
Microsoft and its partners including the Organization of American States, the Inter-American development Bank and the World Bank are working together to implement programs to help people in the region benefit from access to ICT and related skills.
Latin America and Caribbean region is the largest remittance market in the world, accounting for nearly 67 billion dollars, of which 75% is sent from the U.S.