PRESENTATION:Digital Accelerators and Workforce Development Can the Likes of LinkedIn Drive Development Impact, Sep 2016

RTI International, LinkedIn for Good, Accenture
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Sep, 2016
The World Bank’s 2016 World Development Report, “Digital Dividends,” takes on the question of digital impact on development. The report concludes that, “Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—that is, the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. In many instances, digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed.” But what about the specific case of workforce development? While the World Bank’s report is largely silent on this area, Accenture has recently completed a review of over 100 “digital accelerators” being used in or around workforce development. One such accelerator, LinkedIn’s digital professional network, has potential for employers (recruiting, sourcing), educators (bridging services, impact tracking), youth (professional branding, network building, career counseling, job placement), and policy stakeholders (labor market information, trend analysis) – but the majority of users currently live in the developed world.  Might LinkedIn’s services be applicable in less developed environments?
Under the Global Center for Youth Employment, RTI International is conducting an impact evaluation of LinkedIn usage on the education and labor market outcomes of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator trainees in South Africa. Come hear from Accenture on their digital accelerator research; from LinkedIn on their plans and progress in youth workforce development services; and from RTI on its impact evaluation, including initial findings. The panel will be moderated by RTI International.
Eric Johnson, Director of Research and Development, Workforce and Economic Opportunities, RTI International (USA)
Maryam Ghofraniha, Global Partnerships Lead, LinkedIn for Good (USA)
Lisa Neuberger-Fernandez, Managing Director, Accenture Corporate Citizenship Programs (USA)