Digital Skills in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Many studies have focused on the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the future of work for developed markets. Fewer studies have examined the effect on Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, the region has the largest youth population in the world and some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. It is essential that Africa builds the skills and expertise to drive competitiveness in the future.

This study breaks new ground and for the first time provides an estimate of the market size for digital skills in Sub-Saharan Africa and offers a practical set of actions to take to tap into the demand. The study took place from September 2018 to January 2019 and involved a survey of market participants, a market sizing exercise for Ghana and Sub-Saharan Africa digital skills, and detailed assessment of eight case studies that provide best practice examples of how programs can impart skills effectively and drive employability and scale. The study was undertaken by IFC in cooperation with L.E.K. Consulting.

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