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On September 29th, Michelle Bekkering, the Deputy Assistant Administrator at USAID leading the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment portfolio, announced the launch of the Gender and ICT Survey Toolkit at Global Innovation Week.
Internet and mobile phone connectivity are critical modern tools required to improve effectiveness in international development and ensure all individuals can participate in the global digital economy. However, a digital divide is growing between men and women globally and research by the GSMA, with support from USAID, estimates that “1.7 billion women in low, and middle-income countries do not own mobile phones.” In terms of internet use, the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) estimates that the global internet user gender gap has grown from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016.
USAID's Digital Inclusion team is launching the Gender and ICT Survey Toolkit to address the challenge of poor gender disaggregated data at the sub-national level. The Toolkit facilitates the collection of gender dis-aggregated information with a series of tools, including survey questions, focus group discussion guides and technical competence tests, as well as instruction on research design and data sorting. The release of the Toolkit is part of a series of interventions and partnerships initiated by USAID and the US Global Development Lab targeted at closing the digital gender divide.
Jonathan Dolan, USAID Digital Inclusion Team Lead
Erica Gendell, USAID Digital Inclusion Team Member
Catherine Highet, FHI 360 Technical Advisor
About Catherine Highet: Catherine Highet is a technical advisor with FHI 360, focusing on digital inclusion activities, including Digital Financial Services (DFS), identity, and gender equality. Prior to this role, she worked with the GSMA Connected Women program, which aimed to improve adoption of both mobile technology and DFS in the Pacific region. Catherine has also worked with several digital development partners in the public and private sector including IREX, Mozilla, Souktel and the U.S. Embassy of Abuja.
About USAID’s Digital Inclusion Team: Since 2012, USAID has focused on closing the digital gender divide through a series of projects including partnering with the private sector (such as with GSMA’s Connected Women Program which reached over 15 million women in 35 countries with new access to mobile technology), developing research and tools, and supporting policy advocacy for the right of women to participate in the digital economy. For more information on the Digital Inclusion team, see http://inclusion.digitaldevelopment.org/ and http://inclusion.digitaldevelopment.org/digital-gender-divide
Photo Description: 2010 post-earthquake Haiti. Mobile Money (wallet) Program. Belleus Pierre, 31, is one of 59 merchants using T-Cash to sell basic food staples to families in the St. Marc Kenbe-La program. Her own participation in Kenbe-La means that she now has a steady flow of customers to her store, providing her own family with much needed income. “People are very happy with the program,” she says. Cell phone purchases are “very easy,” she adds. “It’s one, two, and the transaction is complete.” Photo: Mercy Corps