Project profile — Digital Livelihoods: Youth and the Future of Work at Scale

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Digital Livelihoods: Youth and the Future of Work at Scale - Overview
DOT - Digital Opportunity Trust (CA-CRA_ACR-3863303137)
2015-11-30 - 2020-02-28
Country / region • Morocco (1.11%)
• Kenya (25.00%)
• Malawi (3.28%)
• Senegal (1.11%)
• Zambia (3.28%)
• Tanzania (21.94%)
• Rwanda (25.00%)
• Jordan (15.28%)
• Ghana (4.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (25.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services
Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (25.00%)
• Communication
Information and communication technology (ICT) (22040) (25.00%)
• Business And Other Services
Business support services and institutions (25010) (25.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)
Description and results


The project aims to expand the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) economic empowerment programming, which includes social innovation, entrepreneurship, information and communications technology (ICT), empowerment and leadership skills development, to help 200,000 young women and men build entrepreneurial and job skills and use technology to increase their incomes and employment opportunities. Project activities include: (1) recruit youth to take leadership training; (2) deliver entrepreneurship, information-communications technology and workforce readiness programs; and (3) develop and curate self-directed online learning for youth. Digital Livelihoods plans to investigate and develop a network expansion model that recruits and empowers institutions, and teams of young leaders, to deliver sustainable results in their countries. The DOT network expansion model has the potential to be an innovative and effective approach to program scale, adopt relevant digital tools and leverage private sector partnerships.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) increased scale and sustainability of local partners to deliver empowerment and economic programs to unemployed and underemployed women and youth; and (2) increased participation and leadership of unemployed and underemployed women and youth in the social and economic development of their local communities.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 31, 2018 include: (1) the project equipped 1,055 young leaders (298 female and 757 male) with knowledge, skills and support to deliver economic empowerment and digital skills programming in their communities, reaching 41,072 (19,420 female and 21,632 male) youth and women in communities across Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania; (2) 93% of participating youth and women reported feeling empowered after their engagement with the project, indicating greater motivation and enhanced optimism about their ability to influence their future; (3) the vast majority of women and youth participating in the project reported improved entrepreneurial (88.1%), employability (90.2%), and information and communication technology (80.5%) skills as a result of their engagement in DOT programs. These key capacities form the foundation of women and youth’s journey towards greater participation and leadership in their communities, as well as their own economic empowerment; (4) as a result of their increased confidence and skills through their involvement with the project, 28.9% of program beneficiaries started or grew their business, and 22.7% obtained employment; (5) 86 new partnerships were established with a wide range of partners including government, civil society, and private sector and programming has expanded within existing countries of implementation, as well as two new locations: Ghana and Jordan. As a result of the project's efforts to build the capacities of the project partners, more than two-thirds (68.4%) of implementing partners indicated that they are increasingly able to secure funds as a result of capacity development provided by DOT local partners; (6) the enhanced skills and capacities fostered by the project's organizational development efforts with partners are contributing to growth in their reach: 42.1% of partners indicate that their membership has expanded following their involvement with DOT; (7) the creation of a robust ecosystem of partners, through which the resources and expertise of diverse actors can be leveraged, is contributing to project scale (through alignment with national priorities) and sustainability (through local ownership and engagement).



Original budget $1,955,087
Planned Disbursement $1,899,714
Transaction Date Type Value
25-04-2019 Disbursement $1,033,561
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Digital Livelihoods: Youth and the Future of Work at Scale - Related information
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Partner website — DOT - Digital Opportunity Trust
Global Affairs Canada
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