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OP-ED: Why Is Technology Skills Training Critical to Low-Income Youth Now?

Originally posted on Devex.com, September 22, 2014.

In our rapidly changing, hyper-connected world, the information and communication technology (ICT) industry is driving economic growth, innovation, and job creation…it’s also where the jobs are.

Digital Skills Gap

ARTICLE: Recognising the economic contribution of women isn't feminism, it's fact

Despite the role that girls and women play in driving economic growth being widely acknowledged, it seems in practice, development programmes haven’t kept pace.

BLOG: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity for Youth

According to the recently released United Nations report (“World Urbanization Prospects”), more than half of humanity now lives in cities. Today, 54% of the world’s population, 3.9 billion people, resides in urban areas, compared to only 30% back in 1950. The report predicts that cities will add an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, with nearly 90% of this increase happening in Asia and Africa.

BLOG: Workforce Development: A shift into high gear

This year’s Workforce Development Track of the Making Cents conference saw more than a tenfold increase in proposal submissions and will feature a record number of panelists across nine distinct workforce themed panels. The lineup of proposals and participants provides terrific insight into the range and diversity of workforce issues that the development community and countries at large are grappling with, including public private partnerships, work-based learning interventions, soft-skills measurement, technology applications, career development practices and mentorship programs.     

Five Steps to More Meaningful Youth Engagement

My name is Matthew French and I work for JBS International, Inc. This blog draws upon research conducted under contract with USAID’s office of Education (read the full youth engagement report here), as well as my own experiences working with young people.

Webinar - Understanding The Technology Skills Training Landscape: Framework & Tool

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Making Cents International, Microsoft
Event Date: 
Nov 3, 2014 (All day)

Globally, digital jobs are going unfilled. Thirty percent of employers in Ghana, 58 percent in Kenya, and 90 percent in South Africa reported challenges in hiring youth for technology-enabled jobs. In the United States, more than 50 percent of today's jobs require some degree of technology skills, and experts say this percentage will increase to 77 percent in the next decade. At the same time, young people aged 15 to 24 make up 40 percent of the world’s unemployed.

How Can Children and Youth Become Financially Capable Adults?

Uganda has one of the highest primary school drop-out rates in the world. Though the country abolished most primary school fees in 1997, a recent UNICEF report found that 81% of parents cited financial constraints as the reason why their children dropped out of school. In a new op-ed in Uganda’s Daily Monitor, Oliver Schmidt points out:

Understanding the Workforce Development Technology Skills Training Landscape

In our rapidly changing, hyper-connected world, the information and communication technology (ICT) industry is driving economic growth, innovation, and job creation. More than 50 percent of today’s jobs require some degree of technology skills, and experts say that percentage will increase to 77 percent in the next decade.

Resource Type: 
Toolkit

RESOURCE: Digital Jobs in Africa: Catalyzing Inclusive Opportunities for Youth

The positive economic impact of the Internet is well known. Mobile and Internet platforms have increased access to improved agriculture, education, health, and governance services by otherwise underserved communities. Beyond improving delivery of key social services, Information Communication Technology (ICT) is generating transformative growth – growth that creates sustainable pathways out of poverty.

 

RESOURCE: Digital Jobs in Africa: Catalyzing Inclusive Opportunities for Youth

The positive economic impact of the Internet is well known. Mobile and Internet platforms have increased access to improved agriculture, education, health, and governance services by otherwise underserved communities. Beyond improving delivery of key social services, Information Communication Technology (ICT) is generating transformative growth – growth that creates sustainable pathways out of poverty.

 

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