A 2018 Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) study illustrated that 24% of female respondents chose the option “family does not approve” as a significant barrier to mobile access. The perspective held by many in international development is that technology is a silver bullet for solving development issues. Without applying a gender lens to program design, technology can exacerbate inequality and actually contribute to, not reduce the gender digital divide.
With funding provided by DAI, EAI is implementing a Grant Agreement, which is designed to support the Tech4Families project aimed at reducing the gender digital divide in Northern Nigeria, through empowering women and girls to access and use digital technology, have access to education, improve livelihood outcomes, and drive positive health for themselves and their families. The Tech4Families solution is built on human-centered design principles and is inclusive of the whole family. Our project will be implemented in the conservative state of Kano in Northern Nigeria. Given the pervasive oppression of women and girls in Northern Nigeria and the lack of digital literacy overall, our solution focuses specifically on the role men play in women and girls’ access to technology. EAI will utilize a variety of tested intervention methods to create an enabling environment with the goal of connecting women and girls to technology.