Digital opportunities: Innovative ICT solutions for youth employment

Today’s youth face enormous challenges finding a job and earning a decent income. Around the world, youth are far more likely than adults to find themselves unemployed or in low paying, informal sector jobs. When youth struggle at the beginning of their careers the repercussions can last a lifetime. That’s why it’s imperative that we take concrete steps to ensure youth have meaningful work opportunities and can lead productive and fulfilling lives.                                  

This report aims to cast a spotlight on an area that offers promising solutions-digital jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities. The ongoing information technology revolution is transforming established sectors from agriculture to health and creating new ones from microwork to apps development. This requires people with the skills to both use and develop the computer, mobile phone and internet applications that are powering these changes. The needs span a wide range of skills, from the most basic to very advanced, offering opportunities for people of varying abilities.

The information technology revolution is also fuelling new business creation. Tech-savvy individuals are applying their creative energies and becoming entrepreneurs in record numbers. Recognizing that entrepreneurship can be a viable career option, many governments are enacting policies aimed at encouraging more graduates to become job creators, not job seekers.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (All day)
Chris Coward, Silvia Caicedo, Heidi Rauch, Nathalia Rodriguez
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