beneficiaries from disadvantaged communities
programs running worldwide
Note: All figures are from 2014
Building a generation of digital innovators to accelerate social and economic progress
The Alcatel-Lucent Foundation supports and develops programs that prepare young people, especially young women, to participate and innovate in the connected world. Pursuing two strategic priorities — improving digital literacy and fostering innovative thinking among young people — we strive to ensure that the next generation benefits from the social and economic opportunities presented by the digital economy.
Our work leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s innovative technology, employee expertise and skills, and global presence. Our contributions include employee volunteerism, partnerships with non-profit organizations, and in-kind donations to communities around the globe.
Developing ICT skills: A global challenge
Broadband access has the potential to create opportunities for the population and drive social and economic progress. But this access is not equally available to all. Just 31% of people in emerging markets are online, compared to 77% in the developed world. There is also a gender gap, with 16% fewer women than men using the Internet. In the future, many jobs that require ICT skills – 900,000 in Europe alone by 2020 – will go unfilled due to lack of qualified candidates. By closing the digital gap, we can improve access to education, healthcare, and employment.
Sources: ITU ICT Facts and Figures 2013, European Commission Digital Agenda 2014