10.2 Continued Advancements in Connectivity and Energy-Saving Technology Will Facilitate Technology use for Reaching Marginalized Populations with YEO Programs

For millions of young people around the world, Internet technology remains inaccessible. Much of rural Africa is off the power grid. For example, Mukaru noted that only 30 percent of Kenyans have electricity. In some places broadband is available, but local costs make it unaffordable to large segments of the population. Peter Broffman, Manager of Digital Inclusion for the Corporate Affairs Group at Intel Corporation, the multinational technology company, shared that in over 30 countries of the world, broadband still costs more than the average monthly wage. Many organizations, such as Inveneo, are developing solutions to basic connectivity and energy problems. See Chapter 4 for more on how solar entrepreneurs distribute energy-saving technology.