National Intelligence for Skills, Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship (NISE)

A platform that connects government, skills development, service providers, industries, and youth.

Past and Current Partners

32 Government departments under 23 Ministries, ICT Division & Cabinet Division (Host Ministries), National Skill Development Authority, Prime Ministers Office (National Coordination Agency), UNDP, UNICEF, ILO, UNDP Somalia, Ministry of Communication & Technology, Somalia, UNDP Jordan, Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Jordan

Active Countries
Bangladesh, Somalia, Jordan
Thematic area(s)
Inclusive Growth
AI, Big Data, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
Organisation Name
Aspire to Innovate (a2i), ICT Division, Cabinet Division, UNDP Bangladesh

The Problem

There is a mismatch between the demand and supply of relevant skills is considered to be the key reason behind unemployment and inefficiencies of the labor market. According to ILO, in Bangladesh alone, each year almost 2 million youths are joining the country's 82 million labor force. These youths often face hassles of going to multiple offices to collect the right information regarding skills, education, employment and entrepreneurship that leads to spending huge costs and time. A significant portion of these youths live in the disadvantaged areas (i.e., hill tracts, river islands) where youth unemployment is on the rise because of social, economic, political and geographical seclusion. Furthermore, the stakeholders of skills, education, employment and entrepreneurship - youth, skills providers and industries and employers usually operate in silo approach, without any linkages among them, which ultimately leads to widening supply-demand gap.

The Solution

National Intelligence for Skills, Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship (NISE) is a one-stop data platform that is matchmaking among its broad range of stakeholders - government departments under ministries relevant to skills development, public and private skills service providers, industries, and youth. The core mission of this platform is to bridge the gap between the demand and supply sides to create employment opportunities for the youth. All the stakeholders are brought under one umbrella to make sure that quality and demand driven skills development trainings are accessible by the youth while adequate and appropriate job placement announcements can be reached to the right target audience. This platform is helping the country to accomplish SDG 4- Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (Target 4.3- Equal access to affordable technical, vocational and higher education, Target 4.4- Increase the number of people with relevant skills for financial success and Target 4.5- Ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations) and SDG 8- Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all (Target 8.5- Full employment and decent work with equal pay, Target 8.6- Promote youth employment, education and training) by 2030 successfully and become a developed country by 2041.

How it works?

  • Step 1: Collect real-time manpower demands from industries.
  • Step 2: Matchmake these demands with the skills service providers and youth.
  • Step 3: Support the skills service providers to redesign courses based on market demand.
  • Step 4: Support the skills service providers to connect youths with market demand skills courses.
  • Step 5: Generate online certificates of participation and assessment in skills courses for the youth.
  • Step 6: Ensure decent employment through job fairs/online applications.
Digital X Solution National Intelligence for Skills, Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship (NISE)

Bridging the digital divide

NISE provides increased access to information, is designed for social inclusivity, and provides opportunities for meaningful employment. A couple of ways NISE bridges the digital divide includes: 1. Youths in hard-to-reach areas are able to access to AI based career guidance, skills trainings, job forecast, apprenticeship opportunities, business and entrepreneurship guidance, migration suggestions, etc. 2. While designing the platform's architecture, priority has been given to the people with disabilities to make this system socially comprehensive. For their swift accessibility, the platform offers specialized services - i.e., voice command, reading guide, font customization, cursor customization etc.

Impact and highlights

  • 0.4 M unemployed youth registered in NISE
  • Piloting started by SME Foundation to reach 7.8 M CMSMEs in Bangladesh to ensure Access to Skills
  • Government of Somalia has replicated NISE in the name of “Shaqo Abuur” for the skills development & decent employment of 5.32 M Youth
  • Government of Jordan has replicated NISE in the name of “Digi Maharat” to provide skills development & employment and entrepreneurship support to 2.8 M Youth"

Plans for expansion

Maldives, Haiti, Nepal