Social Impact Driven Goals

Decent Work and Economic Growth

The Problem

Unemployment, of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is perhaps one of the biggest challenges being faced in Africa. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that the most active part of the population- the youths-are the ones battling unemployment on the continent.

According to the World Bank, youths account for 60% of all of Africa’s jobless population. In North Africa, the youth unemployment rate is 25% but is even greater in Botswana, the Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa, among others. With 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, Africa has the largest population of young people in the world.

Further speaking, the working-age population on the continent is expected to grow by 450 million people, or close to 70 per cent, by 2035.

Source: Trading Economics

So it is not wrong to say that Africa is sitting on a keg of gunpowder if nothing is done to tackle unemployment and provide jobs.

To find a long-lasting solution, governments across the continent need to create 12 million-15 million jobs annually to absorb youth entering the labour market. However, given the limited job creation, most of Africa’s youths are engaged in low-quality employment in the informal sector.

Unfortunately, creating such a large number of jobs may not be visible because currently 3.1 million jobs are created annually according to the AfDB. Providing jobs will automatically aid Africans to experience rapid economic growth.

 

Our Approach

In the developed world, there has been a rapid shift to the digital economy. Hence, the kind of jobs available are IT related. In addition to this, there is a shortage of IT experts in most of these developed countries.

It is therefore right to say that many Africans do not have the right skills to take on these international jobs let alone fill in roles in local startups and businesses.

At Zwarttech, we connect vetted Senior IT experts in Africa to international jobs to help build and manage their networks and systems. Doing this means that we are not only providing jobs, we are also bridging the unemployment gap. Africans who get jobs via Zwarttech will earn more money and acquire international experience. This will boost their economic status.

In the case of equipping Africans with the right skills to help them compete in the global marketplace, we train young Africans between the ages of 15 and 22 in IT skills. For 6 months, they will be efficiently trained and after completion of the training, they will join Zwarttech for a one-year internship. During this internship, they will work on projects to acquire practical experience. With this, they will become junior developers. They will then be connected to jobs through Zwart Recruit and anyone that wants to start their own business can join Zwart Hub where all technical support will be provided.

ZwartCyber is no different. The cybersecurity experts are from Africa. They are experienced cyber experts from Africa that ensure that your business network is secured without suffering any attack or breach.