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


DOT - Digital Opportunity Trust (CA-CRA_ACR-3863303137)
2015-11-30 - 2019-11-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Rwanda (25.00%)
• Ghana (4.00%)
• Senegal (1.11%)
• Jordan (15.28%)
• Morocco (1.11%)
• Tanzania (21.94%)
• Malawi (3.28%)
• Zambia (3.28%)
• Kenya (25.00%)


• 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)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


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 2019 include: (1) the project equipped 485 young leaders (255 female and 230 male) with knowledge, skills and support to deliver economic empowerment and digital skills programming in their communities; (2) the project has reached 50,635 young people (26,820 female and 23,815 male) in communities across Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia; (3) 5,421 youth have registered in DOT digital platforms and digital engagement groups; (4) 103 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 four new locations: Ghana, Jordan, Malawi and Zambia. 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).

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,955,087
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
25-04-2019 Disbursement $1,033,561
31-03-2020 Disbursement $766,153
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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