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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

ICT's role in reaching this goal

Goal 10 - Reduced inequalities

From boosting livelihoods and promoting financial inclusion and gender equality to improved access to health, education, government services and more, ICT is an essential part of every aspect of our lives. It also helps advance equality, democracy, governance and freedom of expression. Today those benefits are available to more people than ever before with the rapid growth of mobile communications. Smartphones are becoming increasingly affordable. This means people in regions with low levels of internet penetration, such as sub-Saharan Africa, will be able to take advantage of full connectivity for the first time via their smartphones.

In connecting the unconnected, there are huge opportunities for business and society, but this transformation will not happen on its own. Using our technology, we combine mobility, broadband and cloud services to improve access to health care, education and livelihoods around the world. If affordable and fully accessible, the internet extends opportunities to all, allowing everyone to benefit from the digital age on more equal terms, which leads to positive impacts for business, people and society.

"It was a great opportunity to know ICT better, we have very dedicated teachers, our equipment has a great quality, not to mention that the course, besides expanding my knowledge, helped me socially, learning to work in groups and socializing with people. This study opportunity has helped me a lot because if I was not studying, I would not be doing anything".

– Emilly Ramires dos Santos Leitão, Technology for Good lab student

ICT solutions making an impact

Technology for Good Lab, São Paulo, Brazil

Technology for Good Lab, São Paulo, Brazil

This digital inclusion project promoted local culture and entrepreneurship to children living in an at-risk environment. Approximately 160 students between ages 14 and 18 were educated on audiovisual technology in the project every year. A lab has been created and made available for the whole community.

Improving skills through ICT

Improving skills through ICT

In India, we are helping young people gain a second chance for an education through the Ericsson STeP centers. These centers impart basic training in computers, soft skills and personal development, retail, and management skills, along with proficiency in spoken and written English. Today we are running 70 centers in eight major cities in India.

6,566 youth were trained, of which 48% were placed in jobs, during 2016.

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