At the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, in May, the Rockefeller Foundation announced its Digital Jobs Africa initiative with a commitment to impact one million people in Africa with Information Communication and Technology (ICT) jobs by 2020. A primary strategy is the development and expansion of the Impact Sourcing (IS) model in Africa—and DDD is a key player. An Investment of Nearly $100 million Digital Jobs Africa will focus on the large youth population of six African countries: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa. Over a seven-year period Rockefeller expects to invest $97 million to support the program. The sizeable youth population combined with the growth of the ICT sector holds massive potential for job creation that can bring about lasting social change in a region in dire need of economic development. Digital Jobs Africa has a three-pronged approach:
- Increasing the potential of the Impact Sourcing sector,
- Skills development and training, and
- Supporting an enabling environment for digital jobs.