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Rockerfeller Foundation sets up $100mn fund for digital jobs in Africa

According to an article published on IT WEB AFRICA, international philanthropic organisation the Rockerfeller Foundation announced the launch of a new fund, Digital Jobs Africa, to enable the youth in six African countries to access funds to develop innovative jobs.
 
The seven year programme aims to reach over one million people in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco and Egypt, to develop sustainable jobs.
 

The fund also aims to use avenues of skills training and growing digital job opportunities, and take advantage of the growing young working force in Africa.
 
The foundation expects the Digital Jobs Africa fund to improve the welfare of households where the workforce is from.
 
“Digital Jobs Africa recognises the enormous talent pool of young people in Africa who lack access to quality sustainable employment opportunities, and seeks to catalyse opportunities to close that gap,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation.
 
“Innovative, energetic and better informed African youth have the potential to drive economic growth and development, and this new initiative will marry that potential with the growth of technology to increase much needed employment opportunities,” Rodin added.
 
The countries were chosen due to high levels of youth unemployment, growth of the ICT enabled sectors and the potential to create significant numbers of jobs within the sector.
 
“Digital skills are fast becoming a requirement to gain employment, and ICT enabled jobs are more critical than ever in helping young people develop the required skills for the jobs of the future,” said Mamadou Biteye, managing director of the Africa Regional Office.
 
The funds will be disbursed in partnership with the private sector and development agencies in the participating countries.

Originally published on 10 May 2013 by Vincent Matinde

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