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Using AI to Empower Jamaican Youth for the Future of Work

The increasing adoption of digital technologies is rapidly transforming the global economy, significantly impacting the labor market. To meet current and evolving industry demands, young people need the relevant skills — an area in which traditional education and vocational training programs fall short. The situation is particularly challenging for low-income and under-employed youth in developing countries, who face significant obstacles to accessing quality education and training opportunities.

The "Jamaican Youth through Empowerment & Training" (JET) project spearheaded by the Trust for the Americas, in collaboration with Citibeats, aims to address this issue by providing data-driven and relevant training programs to prepare Jamaican youth for the technical demands of the digital economy. The collection of this data is powered by the Employment & Skills Monitor developed by Citibeats, which helps the JET project identify labor market trends in real time and quickly develop programs that respond to the job market’s needs.
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Data Analytics to Improve Public Deliberation in Colombia

Current Context

The management of the COVID-19 crisis reversed the country's socio-economic progress. One of the most affected groups has been the Colombian youth. Difficulties such as school dropouts, the lack of policies that promote their labor income, the sustained fall in occupied youth, and the general increase in unemployment rates have generated feelings of hopelessness, reflected in:

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Perceptions of Panamanian Citizens on Economic Recovery

In collaboration with Citibeats, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) carried out a study using the CivicLytics Citizen Observatory, an ethical artificial intelligence tool. By analyzing hundreds of thousands of comments from citizens on Twitter, forums, blogs, and digital media, the study highlighted concerns and perceptions to trace opinion trends related to economic recovery.

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