African youth empowered with digital skills

Updated: Mar 26, 2021

African Development Bank
With her digital education through the Through the Coding for Employment program, Odetola Oluwapelumi, was able to receive a position as a labeling and annotation agent for an online company. PHOTO: ImageCollab

The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the need for digital skills to adapt to the changing nature of doing business and interpersonal interactions, however African youth still lack access to relevant digital training and matching employment opportunities. Through the Coding for Employment program, the team at the African Development Bank in partnership with Microsoft, are raising a critical mass of digitally enabled African youth linking them to opportunities.

The program, which forms part of the Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy, works to provide youth with access to digital tools and equip them with ICT, entrepreneurship and soft skills training to compete in a digital economy. For women especially, the digital gender divide results in low digital literacy often means loss of opportunities and further marginalization, however about 2000 youth, 46% of which are women, have benefited across five countries through this program since 2018.