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Global poverty — what corporations can do

070524_hp.jpgFirst we launched the project “Piloting solution for reversing brain drain into brain gain for Africa” together with UNESCO at the end of last year. Over the past decade, African countries have suffered from emigration of up to 70 percent of skilled professionals, devastating scientific research and higher education capacities at many universities. With this project we want to enable universities to gain access to international research networks, enter into international partnerships and identify funding opportunities. This will provide incentives for young scientists to stay in their home countries and will thereby enable them to help their countries to grow. Second, we directly support micro-enterprises through the Micro-enterprise Acceleration Program (MAP) which aims at developing technology-rich, student-centered learning environments specifically tailored for entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses. In June 2006 we transferred MAP to the Micro-Enterprise Acceleration Institute (MEA-I), an NGO that is developing the programme further in partnership with us. And just this month, we launched or latest initiative to tackle youth unemployment in Europe, the Middle East and Africa — the Graduate Entrepreneurship Training through IT (GET-IT) program. We conduct this program together with our partner MEA-I and local non-profit organisations that will provide training to unemployed youth and graduates that are in need of professional IT and business skills. The goal of the program is to train 6,000 young people in 18 countries over the course of the first year to enable them to start their own business or find jobs and to eventually boost the economic development in the regions where the trainings are offered. Image source:

News selected by Covalence | Country: Global | Company: Hewlett-Packard | Source: Jeannette Weisschuh, Corporate Affairs, HP EMEA

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