Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Bogotá, Colombia
Jessie was a David Rockefeller Intern with the Colombian National Government's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, where she helped develop, implement, and monitor programs that utilize online and mobile technology to fight extreme poverty and close social, education, and income gaps among rural and Afro-Colombian women. Her work included researching the existing utilization and barriers to ICT adoption, analyzing international best practices, guiding the development of digital tools relevant and useful to rural women, and designing outreach and education programs that target them. Jessie also measured and tracked ICT use among various segments of the Colombian population in order to provide comparative racial and gender analyses to inform ongoing policymaking. These findings were not only available to MinTIC, but to all the agencies collaborating on the National Digital Plan, including the Ministries of Agriculture, Housing, Education, Finance, Justice, Transportation, and Social Protection, all of which have extensive initiatives for digital outreach, education, and service provision.