24th September 2018 - Plan International and Telenor Group have today announced a new collaboration to enhance children and young people’s skills for a digital future. The three-year partnership agreement was officially announced at a United Nations General Assembly event in New York.
Skills for a digital future
The new partnership will include both financial support and access to a range of digital and mobile technology solutions that will help advance the rights of children and young people, with a special focus on equality for girls. All joint projects will focus on building skills for a digital future for children and young people globally in order to reduce inequalities.
Norwegian Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup with Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International and Sigve Brekke, Telenor Group President & CEO, in New York today during the United Nations General Assembly, discussing the importance of partnerships and digitalising development to reach the SDGs and create shared value.
“The agreement concerns something I profoundly believe could be a game changer for traditional development policies, namely digitalisation. I firmly believe that better and more systematic use of technology is one of the keys to reaching the sustainable development goals by 2030," said Nikolai Astrup, Norwegian Minister of International Development.
The agreement concerns something I profoundly believe could be a game changer for traditional development policies, namely digitalisation.
“Governments, businesses and organisations need to collaborate to stimulate growth and create shared value. Telenor collaborates with a handful global partners whose strategic vision, ability to deliver, and local knowledge benefit from the opportunities brought by digital and mobile technology - and vice versa. Plan International works tirelessly to advance children’s rights and equality for girls globally. Through our joint projects, innovative digital solutions can enhance this work further and contribute to reducing inequalities in the societies in which we operate,” says Sigve Brekke, President & CEO of Telenor Group.
The goal of the partnership is to reduce inequalities by the use of digital technology, mobile communication and internet. Telenor’s core competence on mobile communication and technology will be paired with Plan’s local knowledge and innovative program solutions. The aim is to develop optimal solutions to create skills for a digital future and empower societies. The countries covered by the partnership are Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Growing our partnership
The new agreement draws on previous successful partnership experiences in Pakistan between Plan International Pakistan and Telenor Pakistan. The two organisations have jointly set up Information and communications technology (ICT) labs in remote schools, where thousands of girls and boys as well as their teachers learn digital fundamentals as well as online safety. Norkring, a Telenor subsidiary, also has a partnership with Plan International in Malawi to use radios to spread awareness of children and girls’ rights.
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