Digital Literacy Sectoral Briefer: Youth

Date published: Aug. 21, 2023


Over the past ten years, the global youth population has increased by 1.4 billion people at the same time that digital tools have transformed the societies and economies of USAID partner countries. To access the full benefits of digital transformation, like highly skilled jobs and digital citizen engagement, young people need to cultivate the skills to use—and protect themselves while using—digital tools. The critical role that digital skills play in driving positive youth development is reflected in one of USAID’s Youth in Development Policy Guiding Principles: “Promote responsible use of technology by and for youth by leveraging digital literacy, appropriate skills development, and digital citizenship opportunities, while reducing risks for digital harm.” Without developing the digital literacy competencies of young people, USAID programs will struggle to fully realize the benefits of digital tools in the lives of youth around the world.

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