UNV and Cisco have been partners since 2012 and set out with the early objective to increase Information Communication Technology (ICT) access in under-served populations across Asia and Latin America. The partnership in Asia and the Pacific was renewed in 2016 and since then, has focused on supporting UN innovation efforts to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by leveraging the power of volunteering and technology while supporting the leadership and inclusion of young people.
Since 2016, 13 volunteer graduates have served in Asia: Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka under the collaboration. As national UN Youth Volunteers, they have served with UNICEF, UNV, UNDP, UNFPA and Pulse Lab Jakarta, to support ICT incubators and labs, apply technology to solve problems, undertake institutional audits of networking and technology needs and train others to develop their ICT and networking skills.
"The UNV-CISCO partnership is a very successful initiative for empowering youth and increasing employability through the spirit of volunteerism," says Md Aktar Uddin, UNV's Country Coordinator in Bangladesh.