The Impact of ICT Training on Income Generation Opportunities for Vulnerable Young Adults in Lebanon
Keywords:Digital literacy, DOT Lebanon, ICT training, Income generation, Lebanon, Unemployment, Youth.
The aim of this study was to identify if acquiring ICT skills through DOT Lebanon’s ICT training program (a local NGO) improved income generation opportunities after 3-months of completing the training. The target population was the NGO’s vulnerable young beneficiaries. This study was completed in an effort to find creative and digital solutions to the high rate of youth unemployment in Lebanon (37%), one of the highest rates in the world. Results showed that 48% of beneficiaries who were unemployed at baseline, were exposed to at least one income generation opportunity 3 months after completing the DOT Lebanon training. Also, 49% of beneficiaries who were already employed at baseline were exposed to at least one income generation opportunity. Gender, English proficiency and governorate were variables that were found to be statistically significant. Males were more likely than females to be exposed to income generation opportunities. Those who knew little English had better chances than those who had no English proficiency. Beneficiaries living in the capital Beirut were more likely than others to be exposed to income generation opportunities.