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How Digital is Transforming the Lives of Young People in Small Island Developing States
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
New York | 2024 | 66 p.
Corporate author: 
UNDP Global SIDS Team
Arab States
Asia and the Pacific
Latin America and the Caribbean

Young people represent a sizeable and vital population in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). For them, digital technologies are more than just tools; they are gateways to new horizons. Digital is creating fresh opportunities, opening doors to unconventional careers, and redefining how knowledge is acquired and shared. Young people are using digital to start new businesses, explore new opportunities, learn new knowledge and skills, and to build global connections. However, young people are also cautious about digital – and they recognise risks and issues posed by digital channels, tools, and technologies.


‘How Digital is Transforming the Lives of Young People in SIDS’ explores these opportunities and challenges by hearing from young people – in their own words. Through a bespoke survey chatbot, running on messaging platforms most used by young people living in SIDS, more than 5,000 respondents from over 30 countries discuss how they’re using digital to transform their lives and livelihoods. And the barriers and challenges that they are facing on their digital journeys.

Resource Type: 
Research papers / journal articles
Sustainable development / sustainability
Media & information literacy / digital citizenship
Level of education: 
Higher education
Lifelong learning
Small island developing states