Digital solutions create opportunities for youth employment

Tech hubs and app labs provide new avenues for young entrepreneurs

Dubai, 31 March 2014 – Digital solutions have an important role to play in national strategies to overcome youth unemployment, says a new ITU report, entitled Digital Opportunities: Innovative ICT Solutions for Youth Employment. This includes ensuring that youth around the world obtain digital literacy skills to qualify for the growing number of jobs that demand ICT skills, and that governments promote youth entrepreneurs by supporting innovation hubs, mobile app competitions, co-working spaces for digital entrepreneurs, online mentoring networks and a host of other innovative ICT-enabled resources. According to the International Labour Organization, 73 million young people are today unemployed worldwide, and three times as many are underemployed.

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