About the Project

The Skills for Inclusive Digital Participation (SIDP) aims at building the capacity of digitally excluded individuals.

The target participant group includes- young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, women, and girls including Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) to help them develop the digital competencies needed to take part in digital life and online activities safely.

In the long term, it aims to contribute to enhancing the livelihoods of the target participant groups through entrepreneurship that leverages online resources and markets.

The SIDP project works with Community Level Trainers (CLTs) selected from digitally excluded groups, with support from Expert Level Trainers (ELTs) to deliver basic digital literacy and intermediate digital skills training to the excluded groups in three target locations in Indonesia, Kenya, and Nigeria.

In Nigeria, the training will be piloted in Kano state, and participants from over seven local government areas (LGAs) – Dala, Gwale, Kombotso, Ungogo, Fagge, Tarauni, Dambatta will be invited to participate in the training.

The training will be delivered using bespoke manuals and toolkits.

Why the SIDP Project

The Skills for Inclusive Digital Participation (SIDP) Project is funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The project contributes to the digital inclusion goals of the UK Government’s Digital Access Programme (DAP) led by FCDO and to its objective of building digital literacy and basic digital skills for underserved communities to make inclusive digital access locally relevant, meaningful and productive.

 Main Rationale for the SIDP Project Includes:

  1. Most interventions use ‘traditional workshop’ models at fixed times and locations which do not suit the daily wage earner lifestyle or are not accessible for people living with disabilities (PWLD) including women with household and caring responsibilities. 
  2. Global / Macro skills frameworks are often not tailored enough to respond to the contexts, aspirations, and interests of the target population and as a result, the applicability of the content and learning is not maximised. 
  3. Many interventions often do not consider, mindset or other social/cultural/religious barriers that prevent digitally excluded groups from getting online in the first place.
  4. The identified target groups have limited digital skills required to access market intelligence, information, e-commerce, and online networks for jobs and entrepreneurship

Therefore, the goal of the pilot SIDP project is to contribute to the digital transformation of target participants by equipping them with digital literacy skills including creating access to digital literacy programs for individuals living in low-income areas of Kano State, Nigeria, where the project will be piloted.

Project activities include:

  1. Rapid Situational Analysis conducted in consultation with local FCDO Digital Access Teams to decide on target locations in-country and validate assumptions. 
  2. Train 100 Community Level Trainers (CLTs)  
  3. Develop four training manuals/toolkits
  4. Train 3,000 beneficiaries in basic digital literacy 
  5. Train 1,000 trained in intermediate digital skills 
  6. Create an Online/mobile-based Community of Practice (CoP) for trainers and project beneficiaries. 
  7. Signposting of CLTs and trained participants to other training, online opportunities, and work placements 
  8. Reach 10,000 in target country reached with information about relevant online opportunities 
  9. Communications and Monitoring and Evaluation activities