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  • Empowering Africans to create locally relevant solutions using technology
  • Unlocking innovation, growth and productivity across the continent using technology
  • Providing the tools to expand existing markets and create new markets
  • Technology is a force for good – we must ensure that everyone has access to the benefits it provides
  • Africa has the potential to lead the technology revolution
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  • Empowering Africans to shape Africa’s future & be globally competitive
  • Accelerating Africa’s economic growth and competitiveness
  • Driving positive change using technology to improve the lives of Africans
  • Technology is a critical enabler of transformation
  • Creating enabling environments for technology-based businesses and innovation to thrive
  • Unlocking innovation, growth and productivity across the continent using technology
  • Empowering Africans to create locally relevant solutions using technology
  • Africa has the potential to lead the technology revolution

Our Story

Microsoft launched the 4Afrika Initiative in 2013, with the aim to unlock and accelerate Africa’s potential to create technology not only for the continent, but for the world. The 4Afrika Initiative was launched to help Africa become a cloud-forward continent and to accelerate Africa’s economic growth and competitiveness.

Our mission was to build strategic partnerships that create enabling environments for technology-based business and innovation to thrive.

Today, Microsoft 4Afrika continues to invest in Africa, working alongside start-ups, partners, small-to-medium enterprises, governments and youth, with a focus on delivering affordable access to the internet, developing skilled workforces and investing in local technology solutions.

We aim to empower Africans to create locally relevant solutions, create new digital skills and upskill or reskill existing skills in the marketplace, and provide the tools to expand existing markets and create new markets.

Investing into strategic partnerships has provide much-needed assistance for SME’s, startups and projects across Africa. Partnerships with like-minded stakeholders including governments, startups, hubs and accelerators increases the reach of 4Afrika projects exponentially.

4Afrika believes in the power of technology to empower every person and organisation to achieve more. Technology is a critical enabler of the transformation that will unfold across the continent in the coming decade, which is why Microsoft 4Afrika is a committed partner in this journey.

We understood early that in order to create a market for ourselves in Africa, we had to find ways to:

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Accelerate Africa's
digital transformation

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Empower Africans to create
locally relevant solutions

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Create new digital skills
and upskill or reskill exisiting
skills in the marketplace

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Provide tools to expand
exisiting markets and
create new markets


Investing into strategic partnerships has provide much-needed assistance for SME's, startups and projects across Africa.Partnerships with
like-minded stakeholders including governments, startups, hubs and accelerators increases the reach of 4Afrika projects exponentially.

Our Impact

Over the past 8 years, our work has made significant strides across key economic sectors including agriculture, social impact, healthcare and skills development

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Partnership icon Partnerships

With like-minded stakeholders including governments, startups, hubs and accelerators increases the reach of 4Afrika projects exponentially, with 30+ strategic partnerships with organizsations across Africa.
A partnership with Jumia Nigeria and Kenya makes genuine Microsoft software and hardware available in local currency

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Collaborated with FirstBank, Vodacom, MTN and liquid Telecom to extend cloud services to SMEs, supporting the growth of 1,7M SMEs. 800+ enterprise and SMC customer resources taken from zero proficiency to Microsoft certified cloud professional under 4Afrika programme management.
400 managed partner technical resources benefited from 4Afrika upskilling programmes

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Across Africa, 1,6 million people have been trained. 2,455 apprentices have graduated from 26 SkillsLabs in 13 countries, with 85% of graduates employed; the Kenya Graduate Skilling programme trained 1,250 graduates via 4Afrika programmes & learning partners; and trained 200 Andela trainers to deliver Microsoft cloud training to community of 3,000+ developers. Interns 4Afrika has placed 1,500 interns with 310 partners, with an 85%

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Partnered with AGRA, the World Bank One Million Farmers campaign and agriculture ministries across Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt to accelerate digital transformation and drive impact in agriculture through policy initiatives, a chatbot to help farmers, and developments in water forecasting using AI and Microsoft Cloud. Working with Microsoft partners NFrnds, Sunculture, Farmerline, Twiga Foods and Virtual City to develop agri-tech solutions for

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Formed strategic partnerships with healthcare providers throughout Africa and beyond, providing them with technical support and business consultancy to help them achieve their goals. Each of these healthcares providers has had a significant impact in their sphere of influence, with organisations BroadReach, Sehat Kehani, M'Care and Access Mobile all using technology to enable accessible healthcare for millions in Africa and beyond.

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Fintech is a transformational sector required to build an inclusive digital economy that drives the unbanked into the formal economy. The majority of Africans remain unbanked, without access to financial services, while many SMEs in emerging markets struggle with a lack of access to affordable finance. Microsoft partners Flutterwave, CoinAfrique and movas are all employing technology to make financial services more widely available to people

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4Afrika believes in the power of technology. More importantly, we believe in the power of technology to empower every person and organisation to achieve more

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