Part 4: The problem

The global population boom has created unprecedented challenges for educated youth in developing countries to effectively engage in the workforce. At the same time, a serious shortage of qualified IT professionals in these regions is limiting local companies, governments, and NGOs from expanding and functioning at their highest potential in the world economy. This deficit becomes even more pronounced during and after a crisis such as the West Africa Ebola outbreak. IT skills are in high demand, generating opportunities for youth to participate in core aspects of the economy — if they can acquire real-world vocational skills and the relevant work experience to make them employable.

The NetHope Academy Internship Program bridges the gap between unemployed, educated youth and the market-driven IT needs and opportunities in developing regions. The program is built on best practices developed from capacity-building efforts in Africa, India, and Haiti.

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