Charities, Associations Use Technology To Transform Communities

Study shows that modern NGOs are having a greater impact where they serve.


Having the right technology to process data and their transition to the cloud is vital for survival of the modern NGO. As part of Microsoft’s Modern NGO Campaign to empower non-profit organisations and associations through Microsoft tools and services, Microsoft Philanthropies (a branch of Microsoft dealing with philanthropic issues) conducted a survey to establish how technology is helping NGOs in Middle East and Africa.

Result of the survey involving over 100 NGOs including 13 in Cameroon was presented recently. It shows that 80 per cent NGOs are using technology to transform how they work, 70 per cent of field workers have access to devices, while 60 per cent indicate that using technology such as cloud saves them money, time and increases their capacity. Although these figures are not country specific, it is indicative to some extent of the situation in each of the countries concerned.

Serge Ntamack, Director of Corporate Affairs for Francophone Africa, noted that in if the means permit studies will be carried out in the future at the sub-regional and country levels. The study, which was carried out by Microsoft Philanthropies with the collaboration of a Cameroonian NGO the Youth Business Cameroon with a local firm Expert, targets 70,000 NGOs and associations throughout three years of the project.

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