Canadian funded project targets to build capacity

08Jun 2021
Correspondent
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Canadian funded project targets to build capacity

YOUNG entrepreneurs are a target of Digital Opportunity Trust’s new project dubbed’ ‘Daring to shift project 2020/23,’ which seeks to build capacity of their digital skills to transform their businesses.

Digital Opportunity Trust trainees in Dar es Salaam last week. Photo: Guardian Correspondent.

Helen Fytche Canadian High Commission’s Senior Director of International Cooperation, Helen Fytche said in Dar es Salaam last week that the project targets to recruit young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 35 years who will get training of digital technologies and business management.

“This is a four year project funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada and will be implemented in different regions of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar,” Fytche said saying under the project, the youths boost their digital and business skills while being connected to an ecosystem of successful business owners  to learn from them practically.

She said 200 women and 110 men will benefit to start with and will later go back to their communities with new digital skills and financial knowledge hence help train their communities as leaders with a target to benefit 9,000 young people in the four year period.

“We also hope to see another 150 young social innovators start their innovative businesses that will solve community challenges such as unemployment,” Fytche explained while revealing that the majority of the beneficiaries will be women.

“It is imperative that we equip youths with digital, leadership, entrepreneurship and 21st century skills to stand against negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic,” she noted while stressing that during the four-year project, young women and men will be placed at the centre of inclusive community development plans.

With support from Global Affairs Canada and UKAID through Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF), DOT Tanzania has already benefitted more than 1,500 youths in areas of social innovation, business management with mentorship from role models.

DOT’s Communications and Partnerships Manager, Ndimbumi Msongole said Tanzania is making significant and faster progress in technological innovation. “This is expected to contribute towards economic growth through creation of business opportunities,” Msongole said.

DOT Tanzania is a youth-led organization that empowers them with knowledge, skills, networks and resources to transform communities through social innovation and application of technology. It was established in December 2012.

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