Platform Livelihoods: Surviving and Thriving in Digital Marketplaces

By supporting digital marketplaces, search and advertising, and even social media, digital platforms are changing how individuals around the world find and do work, and how small enterprises and farmers connect with markets. What are the experiences of individual workers and sellers as their livelihoods change? And what are the implications for digital development?

This site hosts original research by Caribou Digital and its research partner, Qhala, conducted with the support of Mastercard Foundation. It also curates broader research from the digital development community.

Our first report with Qhala, the Experience of platform livelihoods in the Global South: a literature review is downloadable here. The first primary research and participatory videos from the project, currently underway in Kenya, will be published in February 2021.

Explore the report results

Explore results based on platform livelihood types such as delivery drivers, or freelancers; explore by platform livelihood elements such as inclusion, or flexibility; or explore by crosscutting theme such as gender, or rurality. 

Platform Livelihoods and COVID-19: Young People's Stories of Resilience

These 11 people offer important insights into the reality of work on digital platforms. By sharing their stories, they also validate the struggles of millions like them who are surviving and thriving even during COVID-19.