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EOI - Executing Agency to Implement the African Development Bank’s Coding for Employment Program
Youth are Africa’s greatest asset, but this asset remains untapped due to high unemployment. Africa’s youth population is rapidly growing and expected to double to over 830 million by 2050. The potential benefits of Africa’s youth population are unrealized as two-thirds of nonstudent youth are unemployed, discouraged, or only vulnerably employed despite gains in education access over the past several decades. At the same time, the rise of the digital economy is stimulating digital innovation across sectors and generating a large pool of job opportunities in the ICT value chain. As consumers and content creators, Africa’s youth are at the forefront of this digital revolution. However, they lack the skills, and experiences needed to access the full range of available opportunities. Thus, the AFDB’s Jobs for Youth Africa Strategy (JfYA) has established the Coding for Employment flagship program which aims to address the ICT skills gap by providing demand-driven ICT training. The program will equip youth across the continent with the skills needed to secure ICT, ICT-enabled, and ICT services employment.