The Rockefeller Foundation has pledged $97 million in the digital scene in Africa as part of its ongoing initiative to create jobs for young Africans in the rapidly growing information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the continent. This was announced at the World Economic Forum, in Cape Town last week.
Digital Jobs Africa will focus on three specific interventions:
- Creating digital job opportunities by leveraging the rising demands from African-based companies, government, and multinationals to create employment opportunities and continuing to grow the impact sourcing sector, which is the socially responsible arm of the business process and information technology outsourcing industry that employs individuals who would not otherwise have an opportunity for sustainable employment.
- Working with local organizations to provide skills training to young people.
- And supporting an enabling environment for digital jobs that can be coordinated among government and businesses without the continued involvement of philanthropy.