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ICTs transform access to information in Africa and young people’s search for employment. Smartphones and Internet are now more and more accessible to the greater public and constantly expanding. The ICT sector plays a strategic role in the economic development of countries and is at the heart of interactions between industry, services, and local content. The sector has also directly and significantly contributed to the economic growth cycle and job creation in recent years. It is expected that ICTs will produce effects similar to those induced by major technological developments during the industrial revolution which began in the nineteenth century. In Burkina Faso, one of the least connected countries in Africa, young people, and particularly girls, continue to have difficulties in accessing information, and more precisely, access to job offers.

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It is in this context that a series of activities to build the capacity of girls on the use of mobile applications to fight against poverty in Burkina Faso, was organized during the months of July and August 2016 by UNESCO and the African Youth Network. During the first phase, 104 girls were trained in the use of mobile applications to fight poverty, especially among girls. The next phase focused on initiating 20 young women leaders of associations in the development, design and sharing of mobile applications.

In order to ensure sustainable interactions among the young women trained through the use of ICT platforms, the African Youth Network made available effective networking tools, specifically designed to facilitate young girls’ understanding of online networking strategies. Young girls, all connected thanks to the virtual network, used social networks as support for direct online exchanges.

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