Avasant and its Foundation’s work on ICT for Development (ICT4D) initiatives across Africa has helped catalyze the creation of over 6,000 new jobs in collaboration with governments, non-profits and the region’s growing ICT industry. This is critical work as AF’s partner on Digital Jobs Africa, the Rockefeller Foundation, estimates that by 2050, 400 million people under the age of 25 will likely be in need of sustainable employment if the continent stays on its current growth trajectory.
In 2017, Avasant Foundation will continue its focus on creating jobs while also scaling training opportunities for disadvantaged African youth. To accomplish this, AF will build off the success of recent training pilots for a Digital Youth Employment Initiative in South Africa and a “TechnoSpark” training for ICT innovation center in Uganda utilizing AF’s iGNITE entrepreneurship curriculum.
Digital Jobs Africa
Avasant Foundation partnered in 2015-2016 with the Rockefeller Foundation on its Digital Jobs Africa (DJA) Initiative to create jobs for over 1300 disadvantaged youth through Impact Sourcing. AF held workshops for 62 leading ICT companies on the benefits of employing disadvantaged youth, and in effect, helping to end poverty through intentional hiring practices. Youth hired in entry- level ICT service work across Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa gain a 40-200% increase in income and a drastic improvement to their community’s quality of life.
Avasant Foundation now continues its partnership with Rockefeller Foundation as an associate member of the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition. The Coalition brings together the world’s leading companies to catalyze new, sustainable employment opportunities and skills training for African youth and especially in the ICT sector.
“Not only does impact sourcing benefit the worker- who might not have other means of employment- it helps connect businesses with the workforce they need to strengthen…and cultivate a workforce of trained, talented, motivated and committed employees.”
–Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation