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How Can We Create Digital Jobs for African Youth?


June 20th New York City Salon - RSVP Now

In 2011, Oxford Economics valued the total size of the digital economy (e-commerce, digital products and services) at $20.4 trillion. As the uptake of mobile grows, jobs along the mobile value chain such as mobile money services, sales of airtime and mobile repair are also growing and expanding. In addition, as governments digitalize their large-scale programs, more opportunity for those with digital skills are opening up.

Digital African JobsMany see the digital economy as a natural fit for youth.  Yet schools often do not provide youth with opportunities to build the skills they need to fill digital jobs. Supplemental skills training and vocational training programs run by non-profit organizations are not always well matched to the current needs of the digital economy.

In addition, many countries still do not have the infrastructure in place for supporting a digital economy, especially in rural areas. The mobile industry and the technology sector can play a role in addressing youth unemployment – but what role?

Join Lauren Dawes, head of GSMA’s Mobiles for Employment team, Lillian Chege from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa program, and your Technology Salon peers for a discussion around the role of the technology sector in the creation of jobs for youth in the digital economy.

Key questions will include:
  • What are key areas for growth in the digital economy and related value chains? What knowledge and information-related management jobs might be a good fit for youth? For which youth?
  • Do the mobile industry and the technology sectors have a role or responsibility to help create jobs for youth?
  • Are there examples of youth workforce development programs that prepare youth for digital economy employment? What appears to be working?
  • What can governments do to support the private sector and other stakeholders to increase youth employment opportunities in the technology sector?

Please RSVP to join a select cohort of decision makers for a lively discussion at the intersection of technology and development.

The Tech Sector and Digital Jobs for Africa Youth
9-11am - Thursday, June 20, 2013
FHI 360 Offices
71 5th Avenue, 6th Floor
Between 14th and 15th Streets, above Pier 1
F, N, Q, R, L, 4, 5, 6 subways to 14th Street
New York, NY (map)

We’ll have hot coffee and breakfast snacks for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance: once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list.


About the Technology Salon

subscribeThe Technology Salonâ„¢ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 30 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. 

It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!

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