New program to trial digital skills training approaches for women

The aim of these pilots is to test different models of delivering digital skills training to women and girls. These different pilots will assess the relative effectiveness of various delivery models including online and in person training, mentorship support, access to digital technologies and soft skills training.

Via EQUALS Global Partnership


The World Bank, the EQUALS Global Partnership’s Access Coalition and the GSMA have come together to launch three digital literacy pilot programs focusing on women and girls in Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria.


The aim of these pilots is to test different models of delivering digital skills training to women and girls. These different pilots will assess the relative effectiveness of various delivery models including online and in person training, mentorship support, access to digital technologies and soft skills training.


The results and lessons learnt from these pilots will then be used to inform future digital skills interventions to empower women and girls to thrive in the digital economy.

Empowering women to reap the benefits of digital technologies can help rectify long-standing inequalities and enable them to become the backbone of recovery in their families and communities.

The three pilot programs


Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), Rwanda: DOT aims to provide digital skills to young women, aged 18-35 years, who are owners of small, micro and informal businesses. The project will target those particularly impacted by COVID-19 to help them improve their businesses by integrating new digital tools and technologies. Digital Champions, who are tech savvy youth leaders with business knowledge, will facilitate both virtual and face-to-face training sessions and will themselves utilise this experience to gain access to employment opportunities and/or start a business.

Trickle Up and AVSI Foundation, Uganda: In this new pilot, Trickle Up and AVSI seek to test two variations of digital literacy skills capacity building for hard-to-reach and often marginalized women: short animated videos and a follow-on paper-based curriculum. Both of these programs are designed to reach lower income, refugee and host community women who tend to have limited access to digital literacy training opportunities. The women will be provided with mobile phones as part of the training which they will retain after the programme.


Natview Technology, Nigeria: Natview’s implementation strategy seeks to go beyond technical skills to offer combination of technical and soft skills, as well as psychosocial support delivered through a gamified learning experience. This blended approach will allow participants to take part in both remote and in-class learning. As part of this strategy, a female-only cohort program will be organised to address the issues that disproportionately affect women when developing their skills; while also guaranteeing safe spaces for them to learn and linking them to job opportunities.


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