There is an absence of a sustainable network of African organizations that offer demand-driven training for digital jobs and job placement to disadvantaged, high-potential youth. These organizations lack space to share tools and methods for addressing their common problems and for responding to opportunities of mutual interest.
Under a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, Making Cents formed and facilitated a strong, demand-driven network of the Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa (DJA) grantees and partners and strengthened their capacity to achieve scale and realize DJA goals. Over the one-year grant period, we built trust and social capital among 15 diverse organizations across Africa that offer digital training and job placement for poor or vulnerable youth: Education for Employment (Egypt); Digital Opportunity Trust Canada (Ghana); Paradigm Initiative for Information Technology Development Nigeria (Nigeria); BPeSA, Careerbox, EOH, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Impact Sourcing Academy, and Mantec (South Africa); and Afroes Company, CloudFactory, Digital Divide Data, HomeBoyz Foundation, Samasource, and African Centre for Women, Information, and Communications Technology (Kenya).
Among our significant achievements, we:
analyzed the strengths, weaknesses, and resources of member organizations and identified shared challenges and priorities
elicited consensus from network members on their greatest need: the ability to apply technology and standardized processes to screen large numbers of disadvantaged youth, thus reserving high-touch, one-on-one approaches for candidates with the highest potential
launched a “Screen for Success” initiative to facilitate the identification and sharing of best-in-class screening practices, tools, and information, including standardized processes, operating procedures, training materials, and upfront investments in technological solutions, such as access to psychometric testing
fostered the transfer of knowledge and skills, uptake of best-in-class practices, and connectivity by convening and facilitating in-person Knowledge-Sharing & Networking workshops and disseminating resources highly valued by network members and offering one-on-one consultations to each network members to address their specific needs