Digital Opportunity Trust

Janet Longmore.
Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals, World Economic Forum (2014). Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government (2014). Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Schwab Foundation (2013). Ashoka Fellowship (2013).

Youth-led, experiential learning programmes aimed at empowering young people with the confidence to use technology for entrepreneurial, educational, community and personal development. The model equips participants with business know-how and soft skills and offers them meaningful work experiences to overcome unemployment and disenfranchisement.

Impact indicators


  • During his or her tenure, each intern trains 100 to 200 other young people.
  • In total, DOT has mobilised 6,000 young people as interns and trained or created opportunities for 1 million.



  • 90% of DOT interns have gone on to secure employment or start and expand their businesses following their internship. 
  • 71% of participants report an increase in income.
Implementation progress

The initiative was presented in Lisbon (2017) and Rotterdam (2018) within the framework of the Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion (ACSI) project to explore its local implementation.