Technology, and the new types of social connections it has enabled, has transformed many young people’s lives. As Wayan Vota, Senior Director at Inveneo, put it at the 2011 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference, “Technology is the only sector where young people are seen as thought leaders and power brokers.” It has also transformed the lives of entrepreneurs—both young and old who find new ways to access information, start businesses, use financial services, and break through cultural or geographic barriers that previously limited their aspirations.
This brief presents findings that came out of the 2009 AudienceScapes surveys on youth access to financial
information and services in Ghana and Kenya. It aims to provide guidance to the many development organizations
active in financial services and mobile money projects.
In many developed countries, technologies such as mobile phones, computers and the internet are routinely used by young people in education and employment. Most young people are enthusiastic about technology and the benefits it can bring.
The Youth Economic Opportunities learning platform is the first community of practice and knowledge exchange portal developed by and for the youth economic opportunities sector. The online portal offers an open and innovative environment for collaborative and dynamic learning and knowledge sharing around the following technical areas and cross-cutting themes: Workforce Development, Financial Services, Enterprise Development, Gender, and Evaluation & Assessment. We are dedicated to: Connecting and sharing knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned; Exchanging the latest resources, jobs, and funding opportunities; and Impacting the world’s 1.8 billion young people.