In the last decade there have been transformative developments in Africa’s ICT sector and a growing adoption of outsourcing practices that create job opportunities for underemployed demographics such as young people.
In 2013, The Rockefeller Foundation launched its Digital Jobs Africa (DJA) initiative to increase the opportunities for sustainable youth employment and skills training in the ICT sector. Africa has the fastest growing youth population in the world today but job creation is not keeping up with this boom with people under 25 years old accounting for 62 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s unemployed population.
The focus of the DJA is to create new digital jobs through building favourable business environments, ensure that the right training is available and influence broader adoption of youth-inclusive practices in ICT-enabled sectors. Its goal is to positively impact 1 million people in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa, and ultimately, improve the social and economic well-being of entire families, communities, and nations.
We are leading the monitoring component for this project. Our objectives are to ensure regular, timely feedback on the progress of the initiative both on key leading indicators that inform strategy and, more broadly, on how the initiative is making progress towards delivering its outputs and achieving its intended outcomes, goal and impact.
We are assessing the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, influence, impact and sustainability of the Foundation’s support to the DJA initiative. This includes an assessment of its evolution and of the validity of its underlying hypothesis that a strong value proposition exists for an inclusive business practice to employ high potential but disadvantaged youth in digital jobs.