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Authors: 
Chetty, Krish
Aneja, Urvashi
Mishra, Vidisha
Gcora, Nozibele
Josie, Jaya
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Economics Discussion Papers 2017-68
Abstract: 
The digital divide in general, and between women and men in particular, is a manifestation of exclusion, poverty and inequality, and is likely to continue because of the effects of unemployment, poorly functioning digital skilling programmes and socio-cultural norms in some economies, and further depriving women equal access to digital services. Digital skills provide the poor a catalyst to break out of the cycle of poverty and empower themselves. This paper considers a three-pronged digital skills strategy that will be required for developing countries to break out of the digital divide trap: (1) Monitor the evolving set of digital skills required for employment (2) incorporate a holistic digital skills development strategy into national education programmes, and (3) contextualize skilling programs within prevailing socio-cultural norms that will shape the uptake and impact of digital skilling programs.
Subjects: 
Digital skills
digital divide
digitalization
information literacy
computer literacy
media literacy
communication literacy
technology literacy
socio-cultural norms
JEL: 
C83
J20
J22
J23
J24
F63
F66
F68
I24
I25
O15
O19
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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