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Our research with NetHope shows that technology will be a key driver for enabling employment and supporting business growth in emerging markets.
The research—based on responses from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector firms, foundations and government officials— shows that technology has the potential to significantly transform key sectors in emerging markets, such as financial services, telecom, energy, utilities and agriculture industries. This will create new employment opportunities, and help lift people out of poverty.
95 percent of 293 private sector business leaders we surveyed agree that the technological changes now taking place in developing markets will be an important aspect of creating jobs. And 96 percent of them believe that technology will provide a new source of business for entrepreneurs; which is significant because of the importance of entrepreneurs to global job creation.
The research also discusses that to sustain the benefits technology brings, it will be critical to have programs that identify and train young people in technical skills. Further, creative and practical uses of technology must be employed to enable local businesses to form or expand.
This chapter is the fourth in a series of reports that looks at the different ways technology is being deployed in the developing world to achieve development impact.
Follow the conversation on Twitter: #techindev Additional Reading: How Is Technology Driving Job Creation In Poor Countries? (Huffington Post)
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January 13, 2014
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