Youth Voices

Youth respond to The MasterCard Foundation’s Youth at Work Report

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) is pleased to release Youth Voices: A Response to The MasterCard Foundation’s Youth at Work Report.

The MasterCard Foundation’s recent Youth at Work: Building Economic Opportunities for Young People in Africa report is an important contribution to the growing body of knowledge about youth economic engagement, and it closely reflects Digital Opportunity Trust’s experience as a leading practitioner.

At DOT, we pondered how best to contribute to the conversation.

DOT has a global network of passionate, engaged young people who are eager to participate in dialogue about the issues that impact them the most. We shared The MasterCard Foundation’s report within our network of young leaders, invited them to comment, and engaged them in discussion around the core themes of the report.

The report clearly struck a chord, and the network sparkled with energy – over 40 thoughtful pieces came forth.

In this document, we have highlighted some of these responses under the themes of Mixed Livelihoods, Youth-Friendly Growth Sectors, Opportunities in Agriculture, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Family, Finance, and Gender.

Our goal is to bring forward youth voices – voices so often missing at the table. We hope that you find the contributions of these young women and men enjoyable to read, interesting and useful – we did.

You can download the full “Youth Voices” response, which contains thoughtful quotes and essays from 18 young people in the DOT network, at dotrust.org/publications.
Read the original Youth at Work report from The MasterCard Foundation.

Kathy Durand is Director of Project Operations at Digital Opportunity Trust.