"Shining a light on the crucial need for digital skills in Africa, the opportunities it presents, and how different stakeholders—particularly the private sector—can play a role."
Technology is transforming the global economy and more transformation is coming. More than half of the global population now has access to the technology, compared to 30 percent in 2010. Nearly 65 percent have access to mobile phones. This progression is reshaping the skills people will need to access markets, operate factories, or run their own businesses. While researchers have made numerous estimates about the impact of this skills shift, few have examined the specific implications for Africa. This webinar shines a light on the crucial need for digital skills in Africa, the opportunities it presents, and how different stakeholders—particularly the private sector—can play a role.
Demand for digital skills in Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to grow exponentially. This starts with basic digital skills such as email communication, web research, and online transactions, skills that nearly 65 percent of individuals recruited for a job now need to have. While basic skills are essential, Africa’s competitiveness also will depend on its ability, especially in the services sector, to leverage intermediate digital skills, such as using professional software and managing data. In addition, parts of its future workforce will require advanced digital skills, which include data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Four education leaders immersed in the space in the region share insights on the topic - "Expanding Digital Skills Across Africa", and how it will have a significant impact on how Africa develops.