Growing Potential of Digital Jobs for African Youth

The phrases "impact sourcing" and "business process outsourcing"- or BPO - are just jargon to most people. But they describe a model of doing business that advocates say could provide 780 thousand new jobs in the next two years - many to Africa's "youth bulge" of unemployed young people - by providing training, on-the-job experience and career opportunities. Cindy Shiner looked at what that means.
 
The potential for impact sourcing in Africa is growing. Just ask Amolo Ng'weno, managing director of Digital Divide Data (DDD) in Nairobi, Kenya. The company began only two and a half years ago and now employs about 300 youths, some of them hearing impaired, from Nairobi's urban slums. “The whole worldwide universe of digital jobs is only increasing, and so Africa taking on an increasing share of that is sort of the vision and image that DDD believes in and is promoting,” she said. “We think there's a bright future for digital jobs in Africa.”...