Microsoft is launching a new effort to work toward Africa’s economic development and improve the continent’s global competitiveness. The program, the 4Afrika Initiative, intends to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bring a million small and medium-sized Africa enterprises online and improve technical training throughout the continent by 2016
"The world has recognized the promise of Africa, and Microsoft wants to invest in that promise. We want to empower African youth, entrepreneurs, developers, and business and civic leaders to turn great ideas into a reality that can help their community, their country, the continent and beyond," said Fernando de Sousa, general manager, 4Afrika Initiative, in a statement. "The 4Afrika Initiative is built on the dual beliefs that technology can accelerate growth for Africa, and Africa can also accelerate technology for the world."