The Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is part of an ongoing "rebranding" of Africa toward a narrative that is more entrepreneurship and tech-focused. The continent of Africa, in the eighties, nineties and early 2000s was the target of large-scale Western-led charity initiatives. Think Live 8, where big-shot performers put on benefit concerts in order to raise money for charity. It was a follow-up to Live Aid, which was aimed at providing relief for the Ethiopian famine. Both concerts had a paucity of African performers.
And so, the focus on technology, economy and global competitiveness is a neat and politely depoliticized fit to talk about poverty. With ongoing corporate collaborations such as the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, it's crucial to consider what's invisible
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