Investing in Change: Empowering People, Political Economy, Digital Capabilities, and Women and Girls

“We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Skłodowska-Curie

On International Girls in ICT Day, we celebrate the power of investing in meaningful change that extends beyond financial considerations. This day serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of various elements crucial for societal progress. As Thomas Sankara once said,

“The liberation of women is not an act of charity but a fundamental prerequisite for the development of any society.”

This sentiment underscores the importance of empowering women and girls as a cornerstone of transformative change.

In the pursuit of meaningful and transformative change, it is crucial to recognize that successful investments extend far beyond financial considerations. True progress lies in investing in people, nurturing the political economy, building digital capabilities, and empowering women and girls. As nobel peace prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai once said,

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back”.

There is an urgency to addressing gender disparities and ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to thrive and contribute to society’s advancement. At the core of any transformative movement lies the recognition of individuals’ potential to drive innovation and

George Kronnisanyon Werner, Former Minister of Education for the Republic of Liberia and Current Senior Advisor for Education & Partnerships at Digital Skills Foundation
challenge the status quo. By investing in people and empowering them with the necessary skills and resources, we unlock their creativity and problem-solving abilities. This investment not only fosters individual growth but also cultivates a culture of collaboration and resilience, essential for addressing global challenges effectively.

At the core of any transformative movement, are individuals who possess the vision, passion, and drive to challenge the status quo. Let us invest in people, and unlock their creativity, innovation, and problem-solving abilities. This involves recognizing their potential, providing resources and opportunities, and fostering an environment that supports collaboration and growth. Empowered individuals become agents of change, driving innovation, and leading efforts to address pressing global challenges.

The digital age has revolutionized our world. Digital capabilities is paramount to ensure inclusivity and equal access to opportunities. Bridging the digital divide through education and affordable access to technology empowers individuals to thrive in the knowledge-based economy. Simultaneously, investments in innovation, start-ups, and technology hubs foster an ecosystem that drives economic growth, job creation, and lays the foundation for sustainable development and a more prosperous future.

Empowering women and girls is not only a matter of social justice; it is a catalyst for progress in all spheres. By investing in education, we break barriers that limit opportunities and empower women and girls to reach their full potential. Additionally, providing equal access to employment, entrepreneurship, and financial resources unlocks a significant source of economic growth and social progress. Addressing gender disparities in healthcare, reproductive rights, and combating violence against women is vital to creating an environment where women and girls can exercise their rights and contribute to thriving communities.

Investing in the political economy is essential for creating an enabling environment for change. This includes dismantling barriers, promoting inclusive governance, and fostering transparent and accountable institutions. Forward-thinking leaders who prioritize long-term sustainability, social justice, and equitable distribution of resources play a pivotal role in driving structural change. By investing in political leaders who champion these values, we ensure that broader systemic changes are enacted and sustained. Additionaly, it is important to keep in mind the financial considerations involved. Integrating these interconnected elements creates a foundation for a society that values diversity, fosters innovation, and ensures equal opportunities for all.

Therefore, investing in change requires a holistic approach that integrates people empowerment, political economy, digital capabilities, and gender equality. Thus recognizing the interconnectedness of these elements, and fostering collaboration among diverse stakeholders, we pave the way for a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future for generations to come. Collaboration and collective action among governments, businesses, civil society organizations, and communities amplify the impact of these investments and foster a culture of innovation, inclusivity, and sustainable development. Now is the time to channel our resources, efforts, and collective will towards investing in change that leaves no one behind—a future where people are empowered, institutions are accountable, technology is accessible, and gender equality is the norm. Together, we can build a brighter and more sustainable future for generations to come.


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