Breaking Digital Barriers- Bridging Digital Divide

A project by ActionAid in partnership with Center for information and Technology Development

Youth empowered through ICT based orgmic mobilisation for inclusion and connectedness with skills for effective engagemen in SDG monitoring and Governence
The aim: The Project "Breaking Digital Barrier; Bridging Digital Divide" is aimed at total inclusion of excluded people in monitoring and implementation of SDGs. Poor and excluded get involved through ICT4D
Targeted/impacted:
150 young youth including persons with disabilities working in their community circles, CSO networks at States level, and Government agencies
People involved:
ActionAid in partnership with Center for Information and communications for development (CITAD), working with 150 people in 5 communities in 3 Local Government Areas of FCT(Pasepa, Leilei Gwari, Kicibuyi, Dakwa and Gaube expanded to Bauchi, Kaduna, Kebbi and Ebonyi State. CITAD providing ICT Skills,, ActionAid facilitates capacity building and networking, youth movement (Inclusive forum for accountable society) engaging The States using evidednce based advocacy
Project started:
Informed by exclusion from ICT by youth in poor communities, The project started in 2017 based on the outcome of participatory review and reflection on ActionAid Nigeria Local Rights Programmeas as baseline for engagement with SDG, .
How:
Following needs accessment, Youth (14-30) in 5 communities are mobilised (females: 60 Males:40) in circles. CITAD, A technical partner trained 150 youth in computer skills, government agency provided business skills, ActionAid set up 5 solar powered computer centers, Participatory researches conducted, Communities share evidences using internet close to them, Citizens mobilised through periodic advocacy forums demanding accountability, providing alternatives and capacity support to State on Gender Responsive Public Services.
Innovation:
integrated ICT4D and Six Steps methodology
Transformation:
An inclusive ICT based project, creating opportunity for knowledge, skill, critical self reflection, sustained by collective action of youth that will live with them even after the project. Communities are able to demand accountability from the states
Impact:
created opportunity in communities for inclusion in governance, monitoring of SDGs, with clear understanding of their roles in achievment of the goals, established platform for citizens to demand accountability from State with positive response.
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About the Organization /Team

Established in 2002 ActionAid Nigeria is registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission and in partnership agreement with National Planning Commission. A member of ActionAid global federation, working with poor and excluded communities in 220 communities within 27 States. ActionAid is working with multiple Agencies such as Center for Information and Technology Development and Small Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria to promote the rights of people to inclusion through the Local Rights programme using six steps methodology in monitoring the implementation of SDG rural communities in 5 States of Nigeria as member of CSO strategic group on SDG.
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Realated SDGs
1 No Poverty 4 Quality Education 5 Gender Equality 10 Reduced Inequalities 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions