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What can be done to create more, and more high-skilled, jobs in the ICT sector in Africa?

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Grace Nyakanini - Rwanda Development Board
2016-09-20 09:06

1. Government should invest in concrete digital literacy programs

2. Government to invest and support  ICT in education policies from low school levels eg in primary schools.

3. Government should have policy on digital jobs which will include incentives, tax breaks investment policies to stimulate flow of outsourcing jobs into the country

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Agnes Wausi
2016-09-21 08:34

Policies on access to jobs that seem almost out of reach for the emerging youthful ICT entreprenuers. Every multinational should have a local partner in the different tiers of the companies; encouragement of local industry growth by allocating percentage of ICT projects to the local industry

Capacity transfer policy: For example for every high end contract given out to multinational, there should be several opportunities for the locals

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Ophelia Mascarenhas
2016-09-23 18:51

In the first place there should be an assessment of the current and future (next 15 years to meet the country's goal of industrialization and the exploitation of the gas and oil discoveries) demand for and supply of ICT services in the country with particular emphasis on the private sector.  The supply side should do a critical assessment of the practical capacity of the graduates put out in the last 5 years with a view to identifying gaps in the curriculum and quality of teaching.   This survey should be repeated every three (3) years or les... read more »

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Anna Bon - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Centrum voor International Samenwerking
2016-09-26 09:25

 
High skilled ICT jobs for Africans in Africa are urgently needed, to tackle the huge challenges on this continent, related to e.g. food security and (rural) poverty. Currently, millions of Africans, especially in rural areas, are in need of ways to communicate, share information and e.g. gain access to local markets. To serve these millions of potential ICT users, research & education in ICT, focused on local innovation is needed. Examples of (high-tech) ICT research challenges: voice-based  ICTs for illiterate farmers, ICTs ... read more »

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Nana Baah Gyan - Central University, Ghana
2016-09-26 11:45

I find particularly that, in Ghana at least, ICT education in tertiary institutions is not done to enable/encourage community-inspired innovations. If that is done, it will make its teaching more relevant. I find a certain trend in our cities where young tech enthusiasts who seek to satisfy/fill that vacuum converge at tech hubs to share ideas, often enabled or facilitated by big-software-company-funded competitions and idea pitches. And the reason I think that is happening is because the curricula has nothing on what or how the training studen... read more »

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EMMANUEL ATHOO - HOMA BAY COUNTY GOVERNMENT -KENYA
2016-09-27 09:04

There is need for ensuring broad access to training opportunities, for women and men, and particularly for those groups facing greater difficulties, in particularly youth, however, lower skilled workers, workers  with disabilities in order to embrace the ICT even in rural communities.The training strategy for strong, sustainable and balanced growth addresses strategic issues as well as practical arrangements is also needed. As it provides a platform for further exchange of ideas and experiences among a wide range of institutions, enterprises, e... read more »

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INCLUDE Secretariat - INCLUDE
2016-10-4 15:09

According to the contributors to this question, the main ingredient proposed to create jobs in the ICT sector seems to be increased public investment. This includes investments in education programs in all school levels (including literacy programmes) and ICT hubs. Governments could consider digitizing their services, as this stimulates jobs in ICT as well.

Yet, increasing high-skill jobs is not a matter of more investment. It requires a focus on high-skill jobs in research and education. A focus on innovation relevant at the local (often r... read more »

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Edith Ofwona - IDRC
2016-10-4 18:08

Over 60% of Africa's population is youthful. The focus should therefore be on young people. We need to develop a "new breed" of young people who are "all rounded" and have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to meet the needs of the market and society, and to have impact.

While the focus would be to create jobs, we should also develop young people who take the initiative to create jobs plus be employable to make a difference in society. Please see this program model and how it transforms young people with over 95% of them creating jobs,... read more »

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Edna G. Johnny - University of Nairobi
2016-10-6 11:52

The ICT job creation should should also look at the gender part of job creation especially for young females who are talented but not see how they fit into this scheme.

 

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Stephen Okumu - University of Bern
2016-10-6 13:07

Youths constitute over 60% of Africa`s populations. I have a strong belief that Closing the male-female employment gap is good for economic growth therefore inclusion of female or women in ICT sector will be more effective. As more and more women are using technology and related services, for me it makes sense for women to be the ones designing and developing more of the products and services available. Therefore, as technology consumers, young women are important market influencers and accompanied with good political will in Africa`s counties ... read more »

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