Microsoft has launched its “Technology for Good” program in Pakistan. The multinational provides technology solutions to non-government organisations and philanthropies under the program.
“The aim of the initiative is to remove technology barriers faced by the social sector and enable organisations working for positive social change to achieve their goals,” said a press release issued on the occasion.
Abid Zaidi, the country manager for Microsoft Pakistan, said that philanthropy was a vital part of the multinational’s vision. “We believe in sharing our success with communities where we operate. As a technology-enabler, we create robust platforms that promise positive change in society,” he said.
Zaidi said with its focus on the youth, Microsoft would help organisations working to solve various national-level challenges. He said the company would be working with various NGOs, academia and donor organisations as part of the initiative.
Under the ‘Technology for Good’ program, Microsoft will provide cloud services to NGOs and philanthropies working in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Rizwan Ahmed, the senior manager for career services and special projects at Aman Foundation, said the initiative would enable his organisation to further its mission to empower communities by providing modern tools and resources to them.
Aziz Memon, the president of the All Pakistan Memon Federation (APMF), has been quoted in the press release as saying, “We are really excited to benefit from this initiative. We thank Microsoft for agreeing to donate latest software technologies to our development organisations.
Under the initiative, Microsoft donates and offers on discount cloud solutions including Microsoft Office 365, Power BI, and Azure. These solutions can enable non profit organisations to offset IT costs. By enabling them to automate their processes like bookkeeping and asset management, these technology solutions can enhance productivity and transparency in NGOs’ operations.