G20 Flagship projects

eSkills4Girls/ Programme for Sustainable Economic Development (PSED)

Title of the Project:

eSkills4Girls/ Programme for Sustainable Economic Development (PSED)

Country:

Germany

Geographical presence:

Ghana

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2018

Project website:

Geographical impact of project:

national

Funds available for the project:

2 Mio Euro

Implementation level:

in support of low income and developing countries

In Ghana, a formidable gender gap in internet access, digital skills and online rights exists. Women’s Rights Online research shows that less than 20% of Ghanaian women have access to the internet and are thus less likely to use the internet for economic and political empowerment. Women face many barriers – including high costs, lack of know-how, and a scarcity of relevant content – as well as social and legal obstacles to speak freely and privately online.

eSkills4Girls’ main objectives are to promote access for Ghanaian girls and women to digital professions through ICT-related trainings, to improve the image of ICT occupations among that target group, and to foster ICT-related business development.

Main areas of activities include the following:

  • Development of formal, competency-based ICT-related training courses especially for girls and young women;
  • Capacity development of six TVET training providers (one school in each project Region) to prepare for the implementation of the developed ICT courses;
  • Implementation of non-formal ICT training courses in cooperation with local non- governmental organizations to enhance IT literacy particularly among girls and young women;
  • Implementation of awareness and image campaigns;
  • Promote employment opportunities through entrepreneurship trainings, start-upincubation, mentoring programmes and/or ideas competitions.