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Microsoft seeks to help countries leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) for the social and economic benefit of the local population. Through collaborations, local environments realize new opportunities to boost their markets and provide workforce.
Acceso a la Tecnología


The E-Barro program is a Microsoft-driven initiative aimed to collaborate with Mexican craftsmen’s work.

Programa Comunitario de Capacitación Tecnológica
Excel Yourself

This program was born in 2004 as Hilasal Group’s initiative. It aims to train underserved youth in technology by offering MOS certifications along with Help Desk and English programs. Today country boasts five such centers benefiting over 850 people.

Microsoft supported this program with a donation of over US$177,000 in software and by granting the required licenses to use its programs.

POETA’s Support

In this explanatory video you will be able to learn about the POET program and its benefits for people with disabilities.

Youth Education Programs

Ceyan Atkinson took part in a six- week business development workshop offered by Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU), a non-profit organization providing educational and mentorship programs to the youth of Kingston, Jamaica, that received a grant of US$ 40,000 in December 2008 from the Inter-American Development Bank and Microsoft’s Youth Fund. The courses, which were run two or three times a week, gave them key lessons on how to plan, start up and run a business with the use of technology.

• Community Technology Skills

· 1,805,573 people trained
· 37,948,303 SW donations
· US$ 16,482,132 cash donations


· 78 centers in 18 countries
· 31,460 people trained
· 132,175 benefited differently
· 4,734 people employed

• Youth Fund

· 19 projects in 16 countries
· 3,465 beneficiaries
· US$ 1,000,000

• Partnerships for Technology Access

· US$ 3 million invested


Innovative Teachers’ Network: this space was awarded the UNESCO prize for providing support to teachers who use ICT in their work.

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