Promoting Financial Literacy Among Somali Youth through Mobile Audio Instruction: The Dab Iyo Dahab Initiative

Description of Presentation

Somalia is at a critical juncture: decades of violent conflict, economic recession, and a growing demographic “youth bulge” have spurred the need for significant youth empowerment initiatives--and for bottom-up education strategies that reach the bulk of youth who are illiterate and outside the formal school system. This webinar makes the case for basic mobile audio instruction as a strategy for reaching out-of-school youth across Somalia--particularly young Somali women—and equipping them with core skills and knowledge that will help them succeed in the workplace. The webinar focuses on the successes of one such initiative, the Dab iyo Dahab mobile financial literacy program, which Souktel and the Education Development Center implemented from 2008-2011 through funding from USAID. This interactive seminar will provide an overview of the technology and curriculum components, share results from a post-project impact evaluation, and give participants a clear understanding of the steps they can take to implement similar interventions as part of their own work.

Leila Dal Santo

Leila Dal Santo manages Souktel’s community mobile service projects, specializing in women-focused and youth empowerment initiatives. Ms. Dal Santo has extensive field experience in the Middle East, working at Jordan’s Queen Rania Family and Child Center and the Jordan River Foundation on child safety issues, and on strategies for promoting the use of new technologies to enhance youth civic engagement. Prior to joining Souktel, Ms. Dal Santo also worked for the US State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative and the Duke University Center for International Development. Ms. Dal Santo has previously held a Hart Fellowship at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, during which time she advised community partners in Cambodia on classroom curriculum development and instructional methods. Ms. Dal Santo is a graduate of Duke University, and speaks fluent French and Arabic.

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