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. 
However, a significant percentage of the world’s youth are being left behind. Young people age 15 to 24 represent 17 percent of the global population, but make up 40 percent of the world’s unemployed or 73 million young people. Despite these alarming unemployment statistics among young job-seekers, employers worldwide say they often cannot find people with the right skills needed to meet their business objectives, especially when they are recruiting for technology-related jobs. 
For youth, developing technology skills that align with market demand greatly increases their chances of securing employment and achieving career success. In addition, for young entrepreneurs, technology skills and access to technology greatly improve productivity, help lower costs, and advance their businesses into higher value-added activities, thus enhancing their market competitiveness. 
For enterprises, having well-qualified, technology-savvy talent results in higher productivity, faster growth, and expansion. And for nations, balancing the supply and the demand for technology skills leads to economic and social stability and overall prosperity.

AWARD: 2018 Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion

MIT and Mastercard Foundation

Applications Open to Find Africa’s Most Innovative Start-ups Meeting the Greatest Financial Inclusion Challenges

BLOG: Using technology to promote youth employment: How to develop digital solutions

The World Bank

How and when can we use technology to design and implement youth employment programs?

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Nathan’s Communications Manager will serve as the primary point of contact and process owner for kicking off, implementing and refining the firm’s newly established re-branding effort. As a company in a growth mode, this represents a critical new role being introduced to Nathan.

Girl Coders Fight Sexual Harassment


Blerta is the first girl in the Kosovo’s IT sector to ever win a grant to work on a computer application. Since then, she established Girls Coding Kosova in February 2014. Earlier this year, Girls Coding Kosova teamed up with Open Data Kosovo and USAID to develop #EcShlirë (meaning “walk freely” in Albanian), a mobile application for reporting sexual harassment in real time.

Pakistan Bridges the Gender Divide by Embracing a Digital Economy

World Bank

Standing in line to sign up for the Digital Youth Summit in Peshawar this May, I struck up a conversation with a young woman from Peshawar. I was pleasantly surprised by her level of interest and eagerness in participating at the tech conference.  She was keen to develop an app that would allow her to sell home-based food products at a national level.  She had already gathered a group of friends who would work with her on different aspects of task planning and implementation.  Her enthusiasm was palpable and infectious.

The Future of Jobs and Skills in the Middle East and North Africa

World Economic Forum

Education and work in the Middle East and North Africa region will determine the livelihoods of over 300 million people and drive growth and development for generations to come. As one of the youngest populations in the world, it is imperative that the region make adequate investments in education and learning that hold value in the labour market and prepare citizens for the world of tomorrow. In addition, as the global transformation of work unfolds in the region, policymakers, business leaders and workers must be prepared to proactively manage this period of transition.

Five Strategies to Help Youth Succeed in the Digital Age

World Bank

According to the World Bank Development Report on Digital Dividends (2016), the rapid spread of digital technologies around the world is boosting economic growth and expands opportunities in many instances; but the benefits of technological changes are not evenly distributed to workers globally. For high-skilled workers, technology in most cases complements their skills, increases their productivity, and often leads to higher wages.

Forget Internet Scams: Young Nigerians Now Use Digital Tech for Good

World Economic Forum

Over 100 years ago, Napoleon reportedly said of China: “Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will shake the world.” In light of China’s rapid economic growth in the 21st century, the French general’s view seems justified. Although it still has deep developmental gaps, China has made rapid progress to become the world’s second largest economy as well as the world’s workshop – filling every corner of the globe with an amazing range of products.