Empowering Youth Through ICT4D Programs

NetHope's ICT4D Webinar Series

View the webinar recording below that includes an extensive Q&A session. After viewing the webinar recording, please fill out our webinar evaluation form.

Resources featured in this webinar:

This is the third in an ongoing webinar series around ICT4D.

In successful Information and Communication Technologies programs, partners cooperate, are inclusive, and have equitable access. These programs also consider issues of power, participation, privacy, and ethical use of data. ICT programs continue to play a key role in youth development and economic empowerment, and in strengthening education systems, giving young people opportunities and a voice where they previously had none.

This webinar brings together experts from different backgrounds to share lessons and best practices for using digital technologies to enhance the skills and knowledge of young people, furthering their education, and opening up career opportunities. In short, we will discuss what makes an ICT for youth program successful.

From Youth Learning to Leadership

Despite steady economic growth in many African countries, youth unemployment is high. There is a mismatch between the lives youth aspire to, the education available to them, and what skills industries require to employ them. This presentation will provide insights into the private sector’s potential of improving of the livelihoods and future of young people, and their communities at large.

Case Study: No-Lost Generation Initiative

Aid agencies have joined forces with donors and policy-makers to support children affected by the conflict in Syria. These partnerships are establishing practical ways to expand access to education, and child protection, while promoting youth engagement, and empowerment across the region.

Q&A and Panel Discussion

Issues to be addressed:

  • How to best match specific technologies with youth and community needs.
  • Partnering with the private sector.
  • How ICT innovations help sustain education improvements and follow Sustainable Development Goals in this area.
  • Ensuring rural populations, youth with disabilities, girls, and young women, are included in ICT programs.
  • The most common implementation challenges ICT programs for youth encounter, and how to overcome them.
  • Sustainability and capacity building: What happens when the project is over? 
  • Financing the programs in a manner that encourages local economic empowerment.



Raphael Obonyo, Public Policy and Youth Specialist, Diplomat; Adjunct Professor at Brandeis University; Africa Representative to the World Bank’s Global Coordination Board-GYAC

Anthony Bloome, Senior Education Technology Specialist, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Rebecca Leege, Director for their partnership in All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, World Vision

Robert Hawkins, Senior Education Officer, World Bank

Rebekah Levi, ICT, Education & Evaluation Specialist, JBS International, Inc.

Maria Berenguer, Global ICT4D Advisor, SOS Childrens Villages



Sonja Ruetzel, ICT4D Conference Manager, Global Knowledge and Information Management, Catholic Relief Services


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