African Development Bank (AfDB) Coding for Jobs Program Selects 500 Digital Ambassadors to Pilot the Program

The African Development Bank (AfDB), through its Coding for Jobs program, selected 500 changemakers, 45% of them women, from four countries for the Digital Ambassador pilot program.

These selected digital ambassadors will complete a three-month course, during which they will be trained in digital skills, such as software development, as well as soft skills, such as problem solving, project management and communication.

They will then lead a peer-to-peer training model that aims to extend digital skills to more young Africans, especially those in rural communities with limited internet connectivity.

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In 2018, the bank, in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft, and Facebook, launched a coding for employment program. The program that was launched aimed to prepare young Africans for future jobs as well as equip the next generation of young African digital innovators by training them in demand-driven information and communication technologies (ICTs) and by linking graduates directly to ICT employers. .

This program has been put in place by the African Development Bank to equip young people in Africa with the necessary in-demand skills that will undoubtedly create a positive impact on the African workforce, thus leading to the economic transformation of the region.

The Coding for Jobs program, which is at the center of the AfDB’s Jobs for Youth in Africa strategy, projects that by 2025, the program will equip an estimated 50 million additional young people with employable skills.

This will create around 25 million jobs in ICT, agriculture and other key industries across Africa. It is indeed highly commendable for the good work that the African Development Bank (AfDB) has consistently done to equip young people in Africa with in-demand skills.

Over the past 15 years, it might interest you to know that the African Development Bank has invested $1.64 billion in programs aimed at preparing young Africans for technology, innovation and scientific careers.

As the world moves towards a fourth industrial revolution, the demand for digitization in almost every industry is on the rise. These digital innovations have been essential in solving the myriad problems of certain countries and generating new job opportunities.

Unfortunately, in Africa, the digital divide is very wide, which poses a serious challenge for young people in the region to obtain on-demand jobs, which leaves the region underdeveloped.

This is why the African Development Bank, through its constant skills acquisition program, seeks to reduce the digital divide in Africa and equip young people with relevant skills to also develop the region.

With these skills, young Africans will become innovative by developing innovative solutions that will boost the economy of the region and also make it competitive among developed regions.

With the high youth unemployment rate in Africa, these programs will significantly reduce the number of unemployed in the region.

It is pertinent to note that a highly skilled workforce in a thriving digital ecosystem will increase the ability of African countries to compete globally, attracting investment; promote innovation in the provision of services and value addition to natural resources, as well as the creation of knowledge-intensive activities.

Margie D. Carlisle