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Digitally powered ‘learning to earning’ for displaced young people and adolescent girls and young women

Research reports

Written by Susan Nicolai, Moizza Binat Sarwar, Yasser Kosbar

Image credit:Kutlay Baytore Image license:UNICEF/UN0438613/Baytore

Record numbers of forcibly displaced people and protracted situations of displacement have made economic resilience and self-reliance a topical issue, particularly for young people.

By the end of 2021, some 89.3 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced, the highest number in history (UNHCR, 2022). Among this group and in communities that surround them, adolescent girls and young women confront additional challenges both in acquiring education and skills and in transitioning to decent quality work.

More and more, technology is being used to provide education, training and job opportunities, particularly in humanitarian and displacement settings. The Covid-19 pandemic significantly accelerated the use of digital technologies in support of learning to earning, including solutions focused on displaced young people, adolescent women and young girls, driving a shift to online training and work on an unprecedented scale, albeit not universally.

This report explores how digitally powered learning to earning for displaced young people, adolescent girls and young women – especially refugees, but also the internally displaced and those in host communities – can be further developed and scaled.

This report was developed in partnership with the UNICEF Migration and Displacement Hub, and UNICEF global and regional education teams.