The Skills for Inclusive Digital Participation (SIDP) aims at building capacity of digitally excluded individuals (young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, women and Persons Living with Disabilities – PLWD) to help them develop the digital competencies they need to take part in digital life and online activities safely.

It also  aims to contribute to enhancing the livelihoods of the target beneficiaries through entrepreneurship that leverages online resources and markets.

The 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 these excluded groups in three target locations in Indonesia, Kenya and Nigeria.

In Kenya, SIDP project will be implemented in Mombasa informal settlements [Jomvu –Bangladesh, Changamwe – Chaani, Kisauni Sub County, Likoni Sub County and Mvita Sub County] and the informal settlements of Kibera and Mathare in Nairobi.

Why the SIDP Project 

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 in particular to its objective of building digital literacy and basic digital skills for underserved communities in order 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 is not accessible for disabled people or not accessible for (often 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, 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. Majority of *excluded groups [PLWD, Women and Youth] have limited access to market intelligence/information, e-Commerce and on-line networks for jobs and entrepreneurship for lack of access to digital skills. 

The SIDP project will support/contribute the government’s vision to speed up the digital transformation by preparing citizens with digital literacy skills as well as increasing the number of participants involved in digital literacy programs.