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Can Microwork Contribute to Youth Economic Empowerment?

New York City - March 9 - RSVP Now
As the digital economy grows, many are asking what new jobs and employment models will arise and what those will mean for different economies. One emerging model is online outsourcing -- the business practice of engaging a supplier over the Internet, with all subsequent transactions done online.
Microwork is a subset of online outsourcing that can be done by workers with lower levels of skills and experience. When combined with “impact sourcing,” where projects are contracted out to suppliers that employ disadvantaged youth and other vulnerable groups, the theory is that vulnerable youth can both earn income and learn skills that will help them advance to higher level jobs.
Banyan Global just completed in-depth research on microwork and impact sourcing with various parts of the microwork-impact sourcing ecosystem, and will be releasing their study in NYC at this Salon, sponsored by RTI and the Global Center for Youth Employment

Please RSVP now to join us for a lively discussion with these thought leaders to learn more about this exciting area, where it’s come from, and where it’s going: We’ll seek answers to questions like these:
  • What are the different models of microwork, how do they function, and which ones seem to be offering the most benefits to young people?
  • What are the challenges and barriers for implementation according to the different players in the microwork and impact sourcing ecosystem?
  • What have we learned over the past five years about funding, implementing and scaling microwork initiatives?
  • How feasible is microwork as a way of addressing youth unemployment and youth income generation? What specific benefits can it offer to girls and women, and to people with mobility barriers or disabilities?
  • What good practices can help microwork and impact sourcing programs have a greater impact?
  • How can those supporting microwork avoid contributing to a “race to the bottom” when it comes to wages and worker benefits and experiences?
  • What recommendations are there for donors, implementers, intermediaries, and non-profit organizations who are interested in exploring microwork and impact sourcing as part of their youth economic empowerment programming?
We’ll have hot coffee and breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited, so please RSVP now. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!.
Microwork for Youth Economic Empowerment
March Technology Salon NYC
Thursday, March 9th, 9-11am
99 Madison Avenue, Floor 15
New York, NY

About the Technology Salon

The Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 35 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. 

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