In recent years there has been a focus on the potential of digital technologies to contribute to youth employment in Africa. Yet young people in Sierra Leone and Liberia are faced by a challenging digital environment if they want to benefit from the livelihood opportunities offered by mobile phones.
In this research we are seeking to understand how technology, and in particular mobile phones, are enhancing young people’s experiences of job seeking and work: What difference do mobile phones make to young people’s working lives and job seeking activities? How might phones act as amplifiers of networks, which could bring new opportunities? What are the patterns of exclusion in technology access and use?