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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.

Improving skills through ICT

Girls using computers

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% where placed in jobs, during 2016