Increasing Employability Through Digital Literacy

by Rya G. Kuewor

from RIO (Refugee Integration Organisation)

Our solution

Our solution is digital literacy training for refugees. The full training includes training in Microsoft Office applications, coding/website development, and mobile app development. Digital literacy is essential because it allows refugees to work for clients outside of their immediate community directly from the camps. This saves costs on transportation for refugees, and connects to them opportunities they would otherwise not have.

What's the business opportunity for host and refugee community

Our solution includes visits and corporate introductions to members of co-working spaces and small local businesses that may require digital services. RIO acts as a guarantor for the refugees and helps ensure work/contract timelines are met between clients and employed refugees. In addition, internships are facilitated between refugees and local businesses that help the refugees become more abreast with local/corporate work culture, and also provide added value and assistance to employers.

How has it been implemented and what impact it had

Through our established relationship with local hubs, labs and co-working spaces, we are able to find internship and work placements for refugees. The internships are with the hubs, labs, and co-working spaces, and the work opportunities are with the local business that come from them. It's a win-win because refugees are able to gain real-world experience and build work relations that lead to further jobs, and the local businesses are able to get focussed and reliable assistance from interns.

Our Skills and Experience

We are a team of educators, researchers, analysts, and entrepreneurs who are frequent speakers at the World Economic Forum, former consultants for EPFL, and innovators and courseware developers across 4 African countries and in 4 international and local languages. We have worked in education, economic integration, and social inclusion for 7 years and in rural and marginalised communities.