Category SDG8 Decent work & Economic Growth

Big Data to tackle grand challenges: A look at IBM Research Africa’s projects

17 May is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with the theme “Big Data for Big Impact.” ITU and our members are exploring how Big Data can help solve the world’s biggest challenges.  IBM Research Africa is currently working on a wide range of development projects across Africa, using Big Data to make headway towards achieving the United […]

Agritech app brings Somali livestock farmers into the digital economy

Ari.farm, a new agritech app, is helping to bring nomadic Somali livestock farmers into the digital economy. The idea was inspired by a relatively new concept called “crowd-farming,” an agricultural adaptation of crowd-funding, which connects farmers with investors through a digital platform. As ICT development and access to mobile internet in developing countries is crucial to […]

Digital Ambassadors Program kicks off in Kigali

A new initiative in Rwanda aims to transform the lives of 5 million citizens by bringing them online and providing digital skills training in their communities in a new Digital Ambassadors Program (DAP). Partnering with the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Internet for All Northern Corridor initiative and Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth […]

Evolution of a startup: How Souktel uses mobile phones to improve lives

As an international aid worker, Jacob Korenblum couldn’t help but see what was driving the cycle of poverty in the Middle East. Unemployment was rampant — particularly among young people. The problem wasn’t always a lack of jobs. Often they were available. But with limited Internet access, no reliable communication link existed between the labor supply and […]

ICT AS AN ENABLER FOR QUALITY EDUCATION

I first visited the small town of Mănăstirea in rural Romania in 2010. Around 5,000 people lived in the underdeveloped community with poor sanitation, transport infrastructure and high unemployment, yet almost everyone, including school kids, had a mobile phone. Now in 2016, nearly every household in Mănăstirea is connected with fixed broadband and most people […]

Connectivity for a World on the Move

Boutros is a refugee: he left Syria three years ago after his village was attacked. He paid over USD 5,000 to smugglers and it took him more than two years to get to Europe. The most precious thing he carried with him was his smartphone. Along an arc of instability that now ranges from the […]

Coding bootcamps: the answer to youth unemployment?

To mark International Youth Day on 12 August, ITU News looks at how learning to code can help boost youth employment and close the ICT skills gap. The technology industry is facing a problem: there is a shortage of software development professionals with the coding skills needed to fill the information and communication technology (ICT) […]