This Publication will help you to understand more about Technology
and how to make better use of it.
Digitalization is worth the time and money before we
decide to include a digital component in our projects,
because as much as technology can make a transformative
impact and help provide solutions, it is costly and time consuming.
Moreover, we must make sure that we fully understand
the problem we are trying to solve.
Access to information (especially the data of young beneficiaries)
is a key area where technology can make our lives easier,
and online work platforms like Tunisia Tounes Ta3mal have taken advantage of this to improve job matching capacity.
Tunisia Works, co-founded by Silatech and Microsoft, offers a variety of resources and services ranging from career guidance tools to vacancies,
psychological and linguistic assessments, and over 700 e-learning courses.
However,what makes it unique is its hybrid approach that enhances
digital services with physical features such as career fairs and other
activities that it implements in partnership with university career development centers. Indeed,
even though it was initially quite hypothetical, Tunisia was only
able to grow significantly when it added these physical features.
So far, the platform has more than 37,000 registered users
and 750 registered employers who have posted nearly 5,000 vacancies in Tunisia only.
The pioneering Save the Children program for youth
employment success skills also tests and improves digital
solutions to help empower young people to achieve professional success.
And since the design process is just as important as the product you are developing,
Save the Children, along with partners like Accenture, has created a human-cantered design development process that follows five steps:
Understand the current situation and align the team principles, goals, users, and donors with a comprehensive strategy
Identify challenges and opportunities and understand user contexts and external influences
Design innovative solutions with users to meet their needs
Develop and test with users, fine-tuning rapid prototypes
Experiment with the product and measure the results
Save the Children has used this process to produce the
Android mobile application for girls to motivate them
to set and achieve goals in Indonesia,
and is about to launch this development process to solve the
expanded reality of youth to experience the workplace.
In addition, it has tested social media to stimulate savings,
integrate e-learning into the online job portal,
and use VoIP for virtual routing.
Through these experiences,
Save the Children has found that developing
a strategy in advance is the key to proactively
investing in digital solutions that are appropriate to the
problem and commensurate with the broader sustainability goals.
Lessons learned from the Tunis Action and Save the
Children platform highlight the need to start with a
minimal value product and then add features based on the ongoing feedback loop.
Moreover, since everyone is not comfortable with technology,
digital solution implementation teams should include
staff with knowledge of information and communication technology for development.
Tolerance of failure is also vital in this area, not
only from the project team but also from donors.
By constantly questioning our assumptions and motivations,
we can continue to learn and improve project operations.
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