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Inspiring Journeys from Daring to Shift Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives

  Cows weren’t part of Glory Mtei’s five-year plan.  After all, she had grown up surrounded by lanky herds of cattle in a farming community not far from Tanzania’s Serengeti plains, and she wanted a change. She moved away for college and dreamed of landing a nice 9-5 job in an office somewhere. But when […]

DOT Celebrates with 46 #GirlsinICT Street Team Graduates

In June 2021, on Girls in ICT Day, DOT announced the #GirlsInICT Street Team, a youth-led response to the gender digital divide. The third edition of the Street Team model, launched in 2020 as a COVID response initiative, welcomed 46 youth social innovators and entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East who are creating opportunities […]

DOT Tanzania gathers #DOTYouth and partners for #TYDS2021

We’re still riding on the wave of this year’s Tanzania Youth Digital Summit (TYDS), which took place in August 2021.  The four-day summit, hosted by DOT Tanzania, involved youth, ITC experts, government and private sector representatives. The summit inspired participants to leverage digital opportunities, calling ecosystem players to nourish digital and technology skills in youth […]

Apply Now: Join the #GirlsinICT Street Team

Are you between the ages of 18 and 34 located in Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, or Zambia with an already-existing community initiative that is bridging the gender digital divide? Are you supporting young women and girls’ access to digital technology, connectivity and security (ICT) or enhancing young women and girl’s skills […]

Olivier Nkunzurwanda: Empowering young entrepreneurs in Uganda’s Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement

A long-time #DOTYouth, Olivier Nkunzurwanda is a young social entrepreneur leading tremendous change in the Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Uganda. He is the founder of the Refugee Innovation Centre and has been delivering digital skills and entrepreneurship training to his peers since 2016. Olivier grew up in Goma, a city on the border of the […]

DOT and ITU Announce #GirlsinICT Street Team to Bridge the Gender Digital Divide

  April 22, 2021 This Girls in ICT Day, Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) and ITU are pleased to announce the #GirlsinICT Street Team, a youth-led response to the gender digital divide and contribution to the EQUALS Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age. Through the #GirlsinICT Street Team, DOT and ITU will support the […]

Case Study: Virtual Coaching For Youth Social Innovators

Today we’re launching our latest case study: Virtual Coaching for Youth Social Innovators.  This case study provides an overview of an entirely virtual coaching pilot initiative with members of the #DOTYouth Street Team – a coordinated support network of youth in Africa and the Middle East who are responding rapidly and implementing COVID-19 related interventions […]

Five young women leading digital education in Africa and the Middle East

COVID-19 has created a global education crisis, and it disproportionately affects rural communities, people with disabilities and young women and girls.  In 2020, UNESCO reported that over 72% of students globally have been impacted by school closures , 3.6 billion people still have no access to the internet and other digital technologies and that one […]

Jennifer De-Graft Ninson: Supporting visually impaired youth with digital skills

In the hands of young social innovators, technology can be used to build more inclusive communities and countries. Jennifer De-Graft Ninson’s initiative, Beyond the Braille, is an example of this in action.  Beyond the Braille trains visually impaired university students in basic computer skills. Jennifer first identified the need for a solution like this in […]

DOT launches second cohort of the #DOTYouth Street Team to tackle COVID-19 community recovery

In April 2020, DOT launched its first #DOTYouth Street Team initiative – a coordinated support network of youth in Africa and the Middle East who are responding to COVID-19 with needs-based interventions.  Through the #DOTYouth Street Team, DOT supports the impact and reach of youth by connecting them with partners who can provide information, tools, […]

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