Canada can be a world leader in supporting youth digital literacy and entrepreneurship throughout the developing world. This week in Policy Options, I wrote about how the support DOT has received from companies like Cisco Systems, Google, IBM and Global Affairs Canada has contributed to our success in the journey to making youth entrepreneurship a priority. The United Nations made a global call to action to solve the global youth unemployment crisis, and partnerships like these ones are key in today's digital age. I have seen first-hand the ways that public-private partnerships catalyze economic growth and innovation. Canada is no stranger to leading new solutions to global problems - we can and will be the champions for youth-led development.
| ||"Canada can be a leader in promoting digital technology as a key driver for facilitating economic growth and social change in developing nations and marginalized communities — and youth are the key. Equipped with mobile phones and a hunger for change, youth across Africa and the Middle East represent a powerful force for economic development. Conventional development assistance, too often focused on numbers and bricks and mortar, and not depth of impact, must leave space for innovation, risk and new directions. We must promote a more holistic approach to innovation. Innovation networks and platforms take years or decades to build, so donors should move away from funding individual projects to funding system-based initiatives with longer-term investments.Our Digital Livelihoods grant from Global Affairs is unique in that it provides for research and innovation-based renewal of the Digital Opportunity Trust model. For instance, we are currently working on a more widely available internet based teaching tool.|
In the digital age, public-private partnerships have great value in promoting innovation and accelerating economic growth in developing countries. Canada is a natural to take the lead as the convener of public, private and nongovernmental organization stakeholders in both Canada and recipient countries, to bring new approaches to persistent problems and to articulate value propositions that will underpin new partnerships."