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Promote an enabling environment for youth employment and entrepreneurship in the digital economy

Daniel Athior Atem Manyuon's picture

A digital economy is an economy based on digital technologies. This is an economy based on an internet (New Economy) with main components of e-business infrastructure which includes hardware, software, telecoms, networks, and human capital; e-business which includes the process of conducting business using the computer-mediated networks; and r-commerce which involves a transfer of goods from a place to another online. By 2050, the African population is estimated to be at 1.3 billion people; of which 15 – 20 million will constitute well-educated youth. The youth will be either employed, underemployed or unemployed. The continent will face a challenge of creating jobs to such young African or else, the continent will remain at the threat of political instability in the coming years. In order to enhance the skills needed to prepare the youth for the digital economy and future, the following need to be undertaken.

Needed for African youth: Courses in software and web development, and increased computer literacy

Tlogang Otsile Ketumile Makgwanya Mosupye's picture

As our continent advances in the fields of technology, manufacturing, computer software and information, our economies become more digitized. Economic activities such as trade, financial systems, data and processes become more based in the digital economy. This transformation brings new opportunities to the continent, and we will need certain skills that will best optimize them. The youth of Africa needs be at the forefront of this because our generation will be one of the first to have most of its economic activities in the digital economy.

Overcoming digital challenges through freelancing opportunities in Somaliland (Northern Somalia)

Yasmin Ali Gedi's picture

The digital economy is a new concept in Somaliland (north Somalia) and the Somali regions. However, we can still find good examples that catch our attention; like zaad mobile money services in Somaliland, the e-commerce business Ari Farm in Somali, and many more e-commerce businesses by local nationals. Local and international non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) have also given great consideration to funding e-commerce business ideas by youth in general and information technology (IT) graduates in particular, e.g., Innovate Ventures in Somaliland. Nevertheless, many of our youth are still missing the skills needed to generate enough economy from the rapidly growing digital world. My blog will mainly discuss online freelancing as a source of digital economy, challenges, solutions and an insight into the future of work in Somaliland.

Relying on digital technology and human capital to promote development

Ndèye Anta Diouck's picture

Nowadays, having an edge in the digital world can promote development and open up international horizons. This emphasizes the importance of accepting the reality of the digital economy and its evolution, at a time when digital currencies and electronic payments are becoming increasingly popular and when artificial intelligence and innovations are advancing rapidly. This new economy is well on the way to modifying and even eliminating certain jobs. But it will also give rise to others, the so-called jobs “of tomorrow.” I propose the following course of action to provide better skills training to young Africans in my country.

Hands-on learning key to preparing young Rwandans for the digital workforce

Sandrine Bwiza's picture

I used a laptop for the first time in the ninth grade. Until then, my education had consisted of cramming and regurgitating facts without any attempt at understanding and/or internalizing them. Thinking outside the box and finding creative and novel solutions to problems –a cornerstone of innovation–was frowned upon and actively discouraged. This, perhaps, is Africa’s biggest problem – even more so in a field where the biggest names started before they turned 30.

National Youth Service Corps and the future of Nigeria’s digital economy

Damilola Adeniran's picture

According to Wikipedia, the digital economy simply refers to an economy that is based on digital computing technologies. In Nigeria, the digital economy is expected to generate $88 billion and three million jobs for citizens by 2021. The burning question is “how prepared are the youths for this emerging digital economy?”

Well, we may not be prepared right now, but the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) provides the perfect incubator to prepare the youths for the digital future of work.

Digital is the pathway to the Africa we deserve

Rabiatou Harouna Moussa's picture

Not one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could be accomplished without digital. Information and communication technology (ICT) is increasingly disrupting our changing world.  In Africa, the world's youngest continent, it is crucial to ensure Africa’s greatest resource, youth, will be able to adjust efficiently and effectively as new skills are redefined by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Toward a Mali firmly entrenched in the 21st century

Ousmane Traoré's picture

Letter to the President of the Republic of Mali

Mr. President,

My name is Alima. I am 15 years old and I am from the Sikasso region. On this beautiful afternoon in November 2018, we are celebrating the arrival of 3G Internet services in my village of Pimperna. This event is an opportunity for me to use this newly created blog to share my thoughts with you.