Digital skills development: the gateway to a prosperous future for all

As the Fourth Industrial Revolution sweeps through evolving industries, digital skills have become essential for both individuals and SMEs to adapt and innovate.

In this joint campaign, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) and the European DIGITAL SME Alliance want to raise awareness about the importance of skills development in pursuit of inclusive and sustainable development.

In developing nations especially, digital skills development enables fast-paced digital transformation of SMEs, education institutions, and public administration, and creates a path towards a prosperous information economy

Over the course of the campaign, we will shed light on different issues pertaining to digital skills development. How exactly are digital skills defined? How can we increase digital skills among citizens and SMEs in different societies? What are some challenges to skills development, and what are some success stories?

In addition, we will show how skills development contributes to ecological and economic sustainability through different initiatives such as DIGITAL SME’s Sustainable Digitalisation campaign, UNIDO’s Global Cleantech Innovation Programme, and others. Stay tuned!

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Our Partners

For this campaign, we are partnering up with the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF), an initiative by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Learn more about our partners below.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is a specialised agency of the UN tasked with assisting countries in their economic and industrial development. UNIDO promotes inclusive and sustainable industrial development through projects in over 60 countries. Learn more at

The Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) is a platform that promotes industrial skills development among young people in emerging economies. Working with the private sector, the LKDF supports establishing and upgrading local industrial training academies to help meet the labour market’s increasing demand for skilled employees. Learn more at

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