G20 Flagship projects

Tech Needs Girls - Programme for Sustainable Economic Development

Title of the Project:

Tech Needs Girls - Programme for Sustainable Economic Development

Country:

Germany

Geographical presence:

Ghana

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2017 - 2019

Project website:

www.giz.de/en/worldwide/19476.html

Geographical impact of project:

national

Funds available for the project:

2 Mio €

Implementation level:

in support of low income and developing countries

Description of the project:

The project builds on the experiences and achievements of a development partnership with the private sector “Female Professionals in Electronics” currently implemented in Ghana by GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in cooperation with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and SAMSUNG. Over the past two years, this project has supported four TVET schools with capacity development to implement the supported electronic courses. In addition, and following a cooperative approach, students have also been receiving practical lessons in marketing and maintenance and repair during workplace trainings. In cooperation with the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), curricula and material were applied and various campaigns have been implemented to inform the public on female participation in male dominated trades and to encourage young Ghanaian women to engage in non-traditional female trades.
Girls and young women will go through vocational training in digital trades such as coding and computer software designing. A partnership with the Soronko Foundation is envisaged to support their “Tech Needs Girls” movement, a mentorship programme to get more girls to create technology. There is a special focus on girls from vulnerable communities. Students will have the opportunity to join a network of female technology associations and its associated benefits.

Area of focus of the project:

  • ICT in formal education (teacher education, learning materials)
  • increasing participation of girls in ICT studies (mentoring programmes, career counseling)
  • information and awareness-raising campaigns
  • increasing the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the ICT sector

 

G20 Flagship projects

African Institute For Mathematical Sciences Skills For Employability Project

Title of the Project:

African Institute For Mathematical Sciences Skills For Employability Project

Country:

Canada

Geographical presence:

Senegal (main location) - Benin, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Madagascar, Mauritania, Niger

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2016 - 2021

Project website:

Geographical impact of project:

regional

Funds available for the project:

6,383,080$

Implementation level:

in support of low income and developing countries

Description of the project:

The Skills for Employability Project aims to strengthen and develop Senegal’s knowledge-based economy by building upon the established African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Industry Initiative and Co-op Master’s Programme to support the integration and engagement of Senegalese female and male scientists in industry and entrepreneurship across the Francophonie. The Programme provides internship, mentorship, job-shadowing, and work-based learning opportunities to help female and male students gain experience and opportunities for meaningful future employment, while also providing valuable technical talent to employers. AIMS will deliberately increase access and opportunities for African women through the Project as well as mainstream gender across all Project components to promote inclusive, gender-sensitive learning and working environments in the field of mathematical sciences.
Key elements in this Project include 1) a new post-AIMS 2-month business certificate to enable AIMS students and alumni to develop in-depth business and entrepreneurial skills with a 3-month business internship; 2) the launch of online learning modules through the African Virtual University (AVU) digital learning platform and 3) industry-focused math forums that bring mathematicians and industry together to solve practical challenges faced by industry in la Francophonie.
This project is implemented by the AIMS – Next Einstein Initiative Foundation (Canada) in partnership with AIMS Senegal.

Impact of the project:

200 students (80 females and 120 males) will graduate from AIMS Co-op Master’s programme in Senegal, 330 students (208 females and 122 males) will obtain an Entrepreneurship certificate and 2250 students (680 f – 1570 m), will complete a massive open online course (MOOC) across Francophone Africa.

Area of focus of the project:

  • access and affordability of ICT to women and girls
  • ICT in formal education (teacher education, learning materials)
  • scholarships
  • increasing participation of girls in ICT studies (mentoring programmes, career counseling)
  • information and awareness-raising campaigns
  • enabling women’s entrepreneurship (entrepreneurship education, financing schemes, incubators)
  • increasing the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the ICT sector

G20 Flagship projects

Building Primary/Secondary Teaching Capacities in the Dadaab Refugee Camps and Locally in Dadaab, Kenya by Increasing Access to Higher Education in Kenya

Title of the Project:

Building Primary/Secondary Teaching Capacities in the Dadaab Refugee Camps and Locally in Dadaab, Kenya by Increasing Access to Higher Education in Kenya

Country:

Canada

Geographical presence:

Kenya, Dadaab refugee camps and surrounding areas.

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2013 - 2018

Project website:

www.bher.org/

Geographical impact of project:

regional

Funds available for the project:

4,531,977 $

Implementation level:

in support of low income and developing countries

Description of the project:

This project, which contributes to the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees initiative, aims to provide better quality education to 18,000 elementary and secondary students by training 400 uncertified refugee and local Kenyan teachers in the Dadaab refugee camps. The activities follow the approach of ‘stackability’ (incremental earning of credits leading to certificates/diplomas at each level). Refugee and local student-teacher candidates from Dadaab attend classes in local high schools during the April/August/December holidays or online/on-site in facilities renovated and equipped for instructional use at the planned Kenyatta University (KU) Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODEL) satellite campus in Dadaab. Expected outcomes include (1) Enhanced teaching workforce in the Dadaab refugee camps and local surrounding communities in Kenya. (2) Enhanced effectiveness of Kenyan universities in delivering quality inter-cultural and gender-sensitive university programmes for marginalised groups and communities. This project aims to reverse a disproportionate gender balance in attaining education among girls in the refugee camps and locally in Dadaab, Kenya. Currently, girls are under-represented at all levels of education due to elevated school dropout rates (less than ½ of primary pupils and less than 1/3 of high school students are girls) and few women have access to higher education in the region. Barriers confronting girls’ access, retention, and achievement are grounded in social-cultural norms, which put girls in a subordinate position to boys.

Impact of the project:

The project aims to reach a total of 10,000 women and girls. Approximately 30% of enrolled teacher-students are women. In the long term, it is expected that education outcomes for girl students enrolled at the primary and secondary levels will improve and increase due to the improved quality of teaching.

Area of focus of the project:

  • access and affordability of ICT to women and girls
  • ICT in formal education (teacher education, learning materials)

G20 Flagship projects

Preparing Haitian Youth for Digital Jobs

Title of the Project:

Preparing Haitian Youth for Digital Jobs

Country:

Canada

Geographical presence:

Haiti

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2016 - 2019

Project website:

www.ayitic.net/en/index.html

Geographical impact of project:

national

Funds available for the project:

1,147,000 $

Implementation level:

in support of low income and developing countries

Description of the project:

Haiti is currently the poorest country in the western hemisphere, with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% living in abject poverty. Unemployment, at 40%, is the highest in the region, and the 2010 earthquake further inflicted $7.8 billion in damage, causing the country’s gross domestic product to contract. New job opportunities in the digital economy could contribute to new livelihoods, particularly for a large youth demographic in Haiti. Online work potentially expands women’s access to the workplace. For instance, in 2013, women comprised only 25% of the offline global, non-agricultural workforce, but online work platforms, such as Elance, included women as 44% of the workforce.
Haiti will need to overcome important challenges if it is to seize digital opportunities, and this project will engage local and regional stakeholders to address digital labour regulation, especially for online outsourcing, skills building, and enhancing digital infrastructure. This project will contribute to building a sustainable cohort of graduates with the required competencies to meet Haiti’s future technical needs for connectivity infrastructure, with a particular focus on women and girls. The project will focus on developing, piloting, and scaling locally adapted training courses for digital skills and data-driven entrepreneurship. In its first phase, it will seek to train at least 500 students in face-to-face initiatives, and may scale the online course offerings to 10,000 freelance professional women around the world.

Impact of the project:

– At least 500 students (women aged 18 to 25) trained in digital skills and data-driven entrepreneurship and at least 150 IT professionals trained in advanced Internet development and management issues,
– 10 IT professionals trained to teach digital education for women,
– 25 online courses piloted.

Area of focus of the project:

  • ICT in formal education (teacher education, learning materials)
  • non-formal training opportunities for women and girls in ICT (coding schools)
  • increasing participation of girls in ICT studies (mentoring programmes, career counseling)
  • enabling women’s entrepreneurship (entrepreneurship education, financing schemes, incubators)