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Redefining the Future of Refugees in Ethiopia: A Journey of Empowerment Through Digital Skills

Amid the challenges faced by refugees in Ethiopia, including language barriers and limited opportunities, Samuel Negassi found himself at a pivotal moment in his pursuit of a better future. His determination to secure a brighter path forward became the driving force propelling him to answer the call and join the Digital Livelihoods Program—an initiative led […]

Bringing Youth Perspectives to the Forefront – and taking action – together.

In March 2022, DOT hosted the Speaking Out, Reaching Out Youth Summit, which focused on exploring the findings from the DOT’s Speaking Out, Reaching Out youth-led investigation in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.  The investigation showcased stories of youth resilience, capturing the voices, lived experiences, and unrelenting perseverance of over 1,500 young people aged 18-35, […]

Digital Opportunity Trust announces the Impact Makers Advisory Board to Close the Funding Gap for Young Entrepreneurs

In June 2021, DOT convened young entrepreneurs from the DOT network in the first co-design session to collaboratively shape and design the purpose and vision for the global Impact Makers Advisory Board (IMAB). The session revealed that the barriers associated with funding early-stage entrepreneurs are often a result of a lack of understanding between funders […]

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 […]

Five #DOTYouth who are transforming digital education

The global pandemic has  created an education crisis. Governments around the world have shut down schools and educational institutions in effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. According to UNESCO, over 72% of students globally have been impacted by school closures, leading to interrupted learning, poor nutrition, social isolation and an increased exposure to violence […]

World Youth Skills Day: Enhancing the skills of women and girls in ICT

Aisha Abdulkadir and Ruth Kaveke, Kenya It’s World Youth Skills Day! We are celebrating by highlighting the phenomenal work of two young women who are responding to social challenges in their community by bridging the gender divide in STEM. We are pleased to feature two #DOTYouth Aisha Abdulkadir and Ruth Kaveke, founders of Pwani Teknowgalz […]

Here’s how youth in Africa are creating rapid responses to COVID-19

In Africa, experts are warning that fragile systems could be overwhelmed.  But, in the midst of this, youth are innovating.  Youth are identifying the challenges and needs in their communities, and moving rapidly to address them to get ahead of the pandemic as it hits the continent.  At Digital Opportunity Trust, we’re seeing inspiring and […]

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017 with #DOTYouth

For Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017, three #DOTYouth hosted Facebook Live video chats about their experiences as entrepreneurs, social innovators, and changemakers. They shared their entrepreneurship journey, what inspires them, and advice for other young social innovators and entrepreneurs. If you missed the Facebook Live events, you can check out the videos below! Shadrack Kamenya, Tanzania I’m […]

TEDxLIU Beirut: My Butterfly Effect

DOT’s MENA Regional Lead and Lebanon Country Director Marianne Bitar Karam speaks at TEDxLIUBeirut about women, leadership, entrepreneurship, and the ‘butterfly effect’ of empowerment.

Glossary of Change: The Language of Social Impact

Community change can come with some complicated concepts. Social innovation, social entrepreneurship, community development, global citizenship — all these terms can be confusing. Yet these are the words you come across when reading about community change or listening to speeches from innovators worldwide. Not sure what all of these mean? Let’s look look at some […]

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