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Last week, Dimagi Senior Program Analyst Gillian Javetski spoke on a panel at the United Nations about how mobile initiatives are helping youth-skill building and youth employment efforts in developing countries. The conference, entitled  “Changing Lives Through Mobile: Innovation in Emerging Markets,” featured individual speakers and panelists from several mobile-related industries, all exploring how mobile phones are changing developmental progress.

During the panel, Gillian spoke about Dimagi’s move towards creating more skill-building apps based on feedback from frontline workers, many of whom are considered youth themselves. She was joined by UN-Habitat’s Ravi Karkara and JBS International’s Rebekah Levi on the panel, which was moderated by GSMA’s Kristen Roggemann.  The conference was supported by numerous sponsors including Business Call to Action, which Dimagi is a proud partner of.

About Business Call to Action: Launched at the UN in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact. Worldwide, 94 companies (including Dimagi) have responded to the BCtA by making commitments to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions through commercially-viable business ventures that engage low-income people as consumers, producers, suppliers, and distributors of goods and services.