This report examines the progress and potential of the Internet in 14 economies that together make up 90 percent of Africa’s GDP. In addition to measuring the size of their current Internet economies, it evaluates the strength of five fundamental pillars of Internet readiness: national ICT strategy, infrastructure, business environment, access to financial capital, and the development of ICT related human capital.
This report provides empirical evidence to confirm that informal employment, a category considered as “non-standard” in traditonal literature, is in fact “standard”among young workers in developing economies.
This systematic review conducted on behalf of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). This report presents the findings of DFID’s Systematic Review No. 29, which addresses the question:
What is the evidence regarding the sustainable scale-up of low-cost private primary schools in South West Asia, in particular in Afghanistan and Pakistan?
Thirty-eight percent of children in the West Bank and Gaza are enrolled in preschool, as compared to an enrollment rate of less than 25 percent for children in the Middle East and North Africa region and 50 percent for the world as a whole. But even those children fortunate enough to be enrolled face overcrowding, book shortages, poor ventilation and a lack of play areas.
The Arab World Learning Barometer is an interactive tool developed by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings. Using the latest available data, the barometer provides a snapshot of the state of education and learning in the Middle East and North Africa.
Recognizing the growth of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Africa, Digital Jobs Africa (DJA) seeks to provide one million disadvantaged youth with employment opportunities and skills training in mobile and internet-based industries. This report identifies where Africa's digital economy will experience the most growth in the coming years and how key partnerships will maximize job opportunities for youths, in particular.
This report is an extension of an earlier study that reviewed the benefits of primary education and estimated the economic cost associated with large populations of out-of-school children (OOSC).
Integrating Information and Communication Technologies into Communication for Development Strategies to Support and Empower Marginalized Adolescent Girls
This paper examines the potential that information and communication technologies (ICTs) present for marginalized, adolescent girls in developing countries. The authors discuss gaps in access to technology and risks for this population before analyzing specific ICT initiatives, trends, and the perspectives of adolescent girls interviewed from 13 developing countries. The conclusion features recommendations for development agencies, policymakers, and civil society organizations to integrate ICT tools in a way that effectively targets marginalized girls.