Thursday, February 25, 2010

Microsoft and AKF joint hands for IT Challenges

Pin It KARACHI: Microsoft (Pakistan) and the Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan) AKF(P) have reached an understanding to explore the potential and challenges of using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development with prominent Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the country.

Under the agreement, the AKF(P), through financial assistance from Microsoft Pakistan, will organize a dialogue in Islamabad next month with prominent CSOs/NGOs who have been using ICTs to address challenges of income and other poverty, health, education, environment, cultural heritage and participation in the country stated a press release.

Microsoft Pakistan General Manager Kamal Ahmed commented that the initiative will help highlight and develop ICTs awareness amongst individuals and institutions from all across the country. CSOs/NGOs will become a more formidable player in the spread of knowledge and education, which are the crucial tools of progress in today’s age. The one-day event will highlight areas where ICTs can benefit resource-constrained local CSOs/NGOs and identify opportunities to use these technologies as community-facing solutions that yield tangible outcomes for their beneficiaries.

AKF (P) CEO Dr Karim Alibhai said: “The event will facilitate CSOs/NGOs to forge strong linkages and promote usage of technology for finding creative solutions to local challenges.”


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