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Say hello to the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative – a new effort through which the company will actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness.

This is a multi-year initiative that represents our increased commitment to Africa as we celebrate 20 years of doing business on the continent. The world has recognized the promise of Africa, and Microsoft wants to invest in that promise. As we look forward to our next 20 years, we wanted to explore new ways to link the growth of our business with initiatives that accelerate growth for the continent. To do this, we are focusing on three critical areas – World-class skills, Access and Innovation.

The goal is to empower every African who has a great idea for a business or an application and to turn that idea into a reality which in turn can help their community, their country, or even the continent at large. The Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is built on the dual beliefs that technology can accelerate growth for Africa, and Africa can also accelerate technology for the world.

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Press Release

OPIC and Microsoft begin financing discussions with Kenya’s Mawingu Networks
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution, today signed a mandate letter to begin financing discussions with Mawingu Networks, a provider of solar-powered wireless Internet across rural Kenya. Learn more
KECOBO collaborates with Microsoft to develop an online ip registration system
The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) is calling on all musicians, innovators, developers, artists and creators of intellectual property (IP) to try out the automated online registration system and provide feedback. Learn more
Clinical Study Proves VetAfrica Mobile App Saves Livestock
The latest version of mobile app VetAfrica from Microsoft Innovation Grant winners Cojengo helps users in East Africa and delivers better service than current methods. Learn more

Youth employability is the focus for Microsoft’s new Country Manager in Ghana
With the World Bank reporting that 65% of Ghanaian youth are unemployed, newly appointed Country Manager for Microsoft in Ghana, Derek Appiah Learn more
MMindz a beneficiary of Microsoft Innovation Grant 2014
MMindz a beneficiary of Microsoft Innovation Grant 2014, is a Ugandan mobile payment solutions start-up that seeks to fuse technology with commerce to create business savvy applications. MMindz uses technology-driven processes to develop solutions for African businesses, designed to improve efficiency. Learn more
Biz4Afrika Kenya Online Hub Launches to Promote SMEs and boost Intra-African Trade
Today at the Connected East Africa Summit, Microsoft 4Afrika launched an online hub for Kenyan small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access locally relevant information and resources to promote SMEs and improve trade. Learn more
Entrepreneurs in Nigeria to receive training and mentorship through Microsoft CloudPreneur Project
Entrepreneurs in Nigeria to receive training and mentorship through Microsoft CloudPreneur Project Learn more
Botswana Innovation Hub collaborates with Microsoft and partners
Botswana Innovation Hub collaborates with Microsoft and partners to launch first telemedicine service over TV white spaces network Learn more
m:lab Awards Developers on Windows Training
The Windows Training Program seeks to provide young developers with skills to create solutions relevant for the competitive technology market. Learn more
Center for Technology in Government at UAlbany Collaborates with Microsoft on
School of Government Program
Center for Technology in Government at UAlbany Collaborates with Microsoft on School of Government Program Learn more
Spectra Wireless and Microsoft 4Afrika launched Africa’s first commercial service network
Spectra Wireless and Microsoft 4Afrika launched Africa’s first commercial service network utilising TV white spaces in Ghana Learn more
Microsoft partners with Tunisian start-up; Saphon Energy at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).
Microsoft partners with Tunisian start-up; Saphon Energy at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Learn more
Skype mentorship program courtesy of Microsoft and
other local partners.
Kenya’s Female Graduate Students to benefit from Skype mentorship program courtesy of Microsoft and other local partners. Learn more
TukoWorks Launch
Microsoft introduces employment and entrepreneurship portal in Kenya - Microsoft Corporation aims to bridge the gap for job seekers, aspiring entrepreneurs and school leavers through an online portal, "TukoWorks" Learn more
Cloud Startup Academy in Morocco
Microsoft 4Afrika, The Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Morocco (AFEM), and INWI launch Cloud Startup Academy Learn more
Microsoft launches
4Afrika IP Hub Portal
On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. unveiled an online intellectual property (IP) portal called the Microsoft 4Afrika IP Hub, in an effort to create an IP protection culture in Africa. Learn more
Windows Apps now available through Safaricom airtime
Microsoft has partnered with Safaricom to allows customers to buy mobile phone applications using their airtime. Learn more
UNDP – Microsoft Partnership
UNDP and Microsoft Sign Private Sector Partnership Deal to Empower 200,000 Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia Learn more
TV White Space in Namibia
MyDigitalBridge, Microsoft and partners successfully trial largest TV Whites Spaces project in the world. Learn more
Software Giant, Microsoft to sponsor this year’s DEMO Africa Event
Microsoft Corporation has taken up platinum sponsorship for this year’s edition of DEMO Africa that will be held later in the month, in Lagos, Nigeria. Learn more
Microsoft 4Afrika announces AfriLabs ‘Collaboration Challenge’ to promote sustainability of innovation hubs across Africa.
Microsoft 4Afrika announces AfriLabs ‘Collaboration Challenge’ to promote sustainability of innovation hubs across Africa. Learn more
TV White Space in Jo'Burg
Bringing universally affordable broadband to schools and rural communities. Learn more


African Startups Fast-Tracked by Microsoft’s Second Round of Innovation Grant.
African Startups Fast-Tracked by Microsoft’s Second Round of Innovation Grant. Learn more
Microsoft 4Afrika partners with Skrill.
Skrill supported by Microsoft 4Afrika to launch e-commerce portal with MNOs and bring Africa’s economies online. Learn more

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