The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Monday, May 16 • 14:00 - 14:45
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In the next decade, more than one billion children, the largest group in history, will make the transition from adolescence into adulthood. Without the relevant skills for decent employment, many will be unable to work their way out of poverty or contribute to their country's development.

In response, Plan has designed The Youth Employment Solutions (YES) Digital Ecosystem - a suite of innovative and integrated ICT4D solutions. Going beyond 'ICT for ICTs sake', Plan embraces core principles of tech innovation to achieve greater potential for scale and sustainability, reflected in the ecosystem's Build | Measure | Learn foundations.

BUILD: The YES!ePortal builds capacity with a 'One-Stop-eShop' of data, digital tools and crowd-sharing to help practitioners develop and execute high quality interventions

MEASURE: Adopting 'big data' principles, YES!me is an M&E system to track beneficiaries for up to five years, and measure impact at individual and aggregate levels

LEARN: The YES!Academy is a digital academy for education and skill development for youth, using Gamification, User Experience Design and Massive Open Online Course principles to enhance engagement

The ecosystem increases skill development for youth employment, provides digital tools for practitioners and gathers evidence to increase intervention efficacy. It also collects relevant market data, enhances job creation and cultivates a dynamic knowledge hub for the sector.

The ecosystem is the result of meticulous design and quality collaborations, including country teams, sector partners and large-scale donors such as Accenture Development Partners and the Asian Development Bank. It is currently being rolled out across Asia, and select countries in east Africa.

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Bowden Percival

Digital Development Asia Regional Manager, Plan International
Sitting at the junction of technology and development, Bo Percival is a self-proclaimed ‘giant nerd’. Bo has worked extensively in digital development internationally in Education, HIV, LGBT rights, Youth Development and WASH. Bo has a Ba. in economics and marketing and is currently... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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