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© UNHCR/Amos Gumulira. Siwema Irambona, 21 years old, shows off the Microsoft donated Nokia Lumia 540 phone which was given to support the Connectivity for Refugees project.

November 2017: An AppFactory established at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa by Microsoft Corporation, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is developing information, communication and technology (ICT) skills in the refugees, enabling them to become software developers.

The AppFactory was set up in June this year under Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative which aims at equipping young software developers with hands-on experience while helping them build critical business skills to secure jobs or create their own businesses. The AppFactory at Dzaleka is the first of its kind in the world to be set up in a refugee camp.

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