Over the next several decades, Pakistan is poised to become the fourth most populous country in the world. With nearly 53 million active youth (under 25) and a high youth unemployment rate, the challenges of inclusion and empowerment of these young people will continue to grow. Gender disparities also persist with Pakistan having one of the lowest female labor force participation rates in the South Asia region.
Unemployment and low growth are especially challenging in the post-conflict province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The World Bank’s Digital Jobs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa project aims to promote inclusion of women and youth in the digital economy. The project focuses on providing digital skills training for youth, supporting investment and growth of digital firms, and ensuring that the enabling infrastructure is in place.
To find out more about the project and its results, we interviewed the project lead Anna O'Donnell, Senior Social Development Specialist in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank.
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