The Burundi Better Coffee Initiative, "Ikawa Nziza mu Burundi”, will benefit over 50,000 coffee farmers in Burundi over the next five years by focusing on improving quality and climate resilience.
The workplace today looks very different from the workplace people left behind when remote work was mandated in 2020. Not only did the work model change, but also the mindset of the average employee.
The app has been designed to digitally connect Unilever’s factory-based colleagues across the globe, enabling them to tap into Unilever’s digital resources from any location or device.
Finnfund invests in Metier Capital Growth Fund III to foster growth and job creation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Finnfund, a Finnish development financier and impact investor, has announced a USD 15 million commitment to Metier Capital Growth Fund III.
The next generation is essential to the continent’s development and to global shared interests in creating a safer, healthier, and more prosperous future for us all.
Africa could seize this opportunity as it pursues a re-envisioning of its economic prospects. But this aspiration can only be attainable if education systems are revitalised, skills development philosophies re-set and job markets scaled to support the demographic boom.
KCB Group is scaling the 2Jiajiri programme, the youth empowerment and job creation programme in Kenya and extending it to the other markets where the Bank operates in.
The Decent Work for Equitable Food Systems Coalition will promote decent and productive employment across food systems. Its priorities are based on the four pillars of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda: rights at work; full and productive employment; social protection; and social dialogue.
Light For the World and Mastercard Foundation partner to enable youth employment for Young Africans with disabilities.
Tackling the mammoth task of achieving inclusive financial literacy requires a concerted effort from all sectors of society – government, the private sector and civil society.
For any business, one of the most critical components of enhancing productivity and giving the company a competitive edge is a skilled and highly efficient workforce. The most industrialized nations attribute their development to a highly skilled workforce, among other factors.
AfDB, Tanzania government launch $54 million initiative to drive job creation for youth in Zanzibar’s blue economy
The African Development Bank Group and the Republic of Tanzania have launched the Skills Development for Youth Employability in Blue Economy project. This is a project that will enable Zanzibari youth to find well-paying maritime and other blue economy jobs.
Building on the successes of prior years, the 2023 campaign underlines MTN's enduring commitment to instigating positive change within the communities it serves.
Cloud-based HR management platform ElevateHR Africa has appointed Kennedy Nybwala as the new Chief Executive Officer following its recent early stage funding by From Here Ventures.
More than 2000 Nigerian youths from the Six Geopolitical Zones of the country have been trained in digital job acquisition in an intervention programme promoted by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) while the ongoing edition of the programme has 600 youths being trained.
COMESA and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a cooperative working relationship in different areas of common interest which centers on managing migration and related activities in the Eastern and Southern African region.
MTN Group has announced the launch of its flagship MTN Skills Academy in Zambia, the first of its operations to roll out this initiative which is aimed at addressing the digital skills gap in Africa.
HRLeverage, a provider of outsourcing and Professional Employer Organization (PEO) solutions, has announced its expansion into Kenya and seven other African countries, including Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal, Nigeria and Zambia.
For East Africa, the digital economy holds enormous opportunity, with the potential to power growth across every sector of the economy.
Artisankonect is a Nigeran startup that helps outsource user requests to skilled persons. Africa Business Communities chats with Ayodeji Ayorinde, one of the founders.
There are activities - mostly our hobbies like betting - during which you completely forget the time. So you don't look at the clock or think about problems in the future or mistakes from the past.
The last few years have revealed the futility of making predictions about what lies ahead. In our uncertain times, the only guarantee is that the world will keep changing, with change coming at an ever-accelerating rate.
Undoubtedly, trading crypto has become one of the primary sources of income for many people. In South Africa, a few people trade crypto full-time, while most treat it as a side hustle.
This might surprise you, but Kenya is one of the global suppliers of big fashion brands in America.
But social impact requires more than just a clear sense of purpose. It requires concerted action to redirect resources and effort toward activities that hold the greatest potential for positive impact.
[Column] Millicent Clarke: Creating a strong employee value proposition that exceeds employee expectations
A workforce revolution has set in, one which business cannot ignore. While not too long ago, compensation and benefits were enough to attract and retain talent – this is no longer the case.
The past two years have shifted the goalposts for every company wishing to build a high-performance culture.
The skills required range from cyber security practitioners, data design and analytics to artificial intelligence and machine learning. Those who have these skills have become marketable commodities not only in South Africa but around the world.
The ever-evolving trends in sectors such as manufacturing, technology, automation and climate change are changing the world of work, and together with it, the skills required to adapt and maintain a competitive edge.
Africa has the youngest population in the world, representing an enormous opportunity for the continent’s growth and the opportunity to become leaders as global citizens – provided these energetic, creative young people can achieve their true potential.
Earlier this year the global communications firm Edelman in its excellent annual Trust Barometer Survey found that close on seventy percent of those surveyed tended not to believe information until they saw evidence it was trustworthy.
Following the rising levels of unemployment among young South Africans, the UK-South Africa Tech Hub Launch League initiative undertook a research project.
The growth of productive jobs by manufacturing means that many people will be able to support their dependants and live quality lives with access to basic amenities such as healthcare, education, clean water and food.
In June 2021, an estimated 50% of the South African workforce was working from home full-time, with the Covid-19 pandemic fundamentally changing views on where and how people work best.
[Column] Titilayo Adewumi: West Africa’s circular economy efforts at the forefront of fostering a more sustainable future
The vast majority of population growth across the continent will be concentrated in urban areas. WEF data indicates that more than 80% of Africa's population growth between now and 2030 will be in cities, with Lagos growing at a pace of 77 people every hour.
While training programmes can help bridge the skills gap for women from disadvantaged communities, it is vital that organisations develop a culture of mentorship to help women progress in their careers.
CVPeople Tanzania is a talent acquisition and recruitment company that has for 6 years established itself as a frontrunner in the executive search and headhunting for clients across banking, telecom, and NGO sectors.
A warehouse manager has one of the most challenging jobs around. They have many responsibilities and have to oversee one of the most complex yet critically important aspects of the business.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the airline industry will burn through $77 billion in cash during the second half of 2020 (almost $13 billion/month or $300,000 per minute), despite the restart of operations.
Abdul Said Konde is a youth resident in Tudor informal settlement in Mombasa County. Like thousands of other young people across the country, he is not formally employed and the Covid-19 pandemic has made it even harder to access manual jobs.
If the World Economic Forum (WEF) is to be believed, then business across the globe could be facing a reskilling emergency.
[Column] Phyllis Wakiaga: Kenya economic recovery is anchored on saving lives and securing livelihoods
The International Labour Organization (ILO) highlights that protection of workers and their families from the risk of infection should be a top priority for all economies at this time.
Manufacturers and distributors are operating in intensely pressured times. Stats SA reported that manufacturing output contracted for the ninth consecutive month in February of 2020.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, it has become even more critical for organizations to properly manage the impact of a disaster.
The global economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic has driven most commodity prices down and is expected to result in substantially lower prices over 2020, the World Bank said in its April Commodity Markets Outlook.
Economic impact of COVID-19 on African cities likely to be acute through a sharp decline in productivity, jobs and revenues, ECA
As part of its analysis to inform COVID-19 policy responses, the ECA is calling for adequate consideration of the vulnerability of city economies.
Mining companies have been affected by COVID-19 outbreaks, and global restrictions to encourage social distancing have meant that mining projects have either slowed or been put on hold until further notice.
The human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic reach far beyond the critical health response. All aspects of our future will be affected – economic, social and developmental.
As organizations evolve and competition to acquire top talent heats up world over, businesses are increasingly realizing the need and essence of investing in their most prized possession; their workforce.
Training management firms like Edify Learning Forum Africa, ELFA, have been at the forefront of designing, managing and redefining organizational learning processes in Africa over the years.
Radwa Khairy has over a decade's worth of experience in the Human Resources, Hospitality and Travels fields. In December 2018, she founded Talents Fit, a recruitment platform servicing human resourcing and employment needs in Egypt.
South Africa alone has a youth population of 20.6 million, making up 35.7 percent of the country’s total population of about 57.7 people.
According to the World Economic Forum, 70 percent of Africa’s population is under the age of 30, signaling a significant opportunity for the growth and advancement of the continent.
Meskerem is a middle-aged Ethiopian woman, who runs a café and bakery with ten employees in an affluent neighbourhood of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
As the world marks International Women’s Day it is time to take stock of our strides as Kenya, towards gender parity, especially in terms of women’s economic contribution.
[Column] Donna Rachelson: Careers of South African businesswomen constrained by unsupportive male partners
A supportive relationship with male partners is a key factor in women succeeding in the workplace. This is a rarity in South Africa and it is negatively affecting women’s careers.
Despite Africa’s impressive growth in past 25 years and its entry into the digital economy, the job market continues to be in a depressed state as youth unemployment continues to rise.
Four years after the oil boom ended and Central African countries faced a sudden reverse in their fortunes from the strong growth of the early 2000’s.
The economic well being of any nation rests on the country’s ability the create sustainable jobs for all.
With competition across public and private sector now being driven by innovation, Kenyan institutions have invested heavily in modernizing operations and selling the convenience message to customers.
Kifle Bantayehu is an Ethiopian entrepreneur, consulting professional and policy strategist. He founded in 2016 Afrinection, a platform that closes several gaping holes in the African employment and investment market.
Avoiding or limiting job losses when companies merge has become a major priority for competition authorities throughout East and Southern Africa.
In 2016, the Kenya Tea Growers Association decried the uncertain future of investment in tea, due to the rising costs of labour.
Sarah Fitzgerald is Managing Director at Executives in Africa, a company engaged in executive and upper management placements in sub Saharan Africa, identifying local African talent, Africans in Diaspora and expatriate managers.
The capacity for innovation in industry is a key ingredient in the creation of a productive workforce, which in turn increases industry competitiveness.
The world of manufacturing is beginning to realize the value of women’s participation for its advancement, as it transforms through technology and rapid digitization.
[Column] Paul Williams: Collaboration, concerted drive could fast-track African digital transformation
Africa appears to be lagging the world by five or six years on average, with some countries as far as 12 years behind the rest of the world.
In most African countries, a staggering seventy percent of all unemployed citizens are youth in the 18-35 age brackets in a regrettable state of affairs that the World Bank has described as a ticking time bomb.
The world of work is evolving, and future-conscious organizations need to be aware of the business implications associated with automation and robotics.
The economic development of any country is highly dependent on good leadership. This is particularly so because the core values of a nation are directly linked to equality and equal distribution of resources.
The Global Human Capital Index released by the World Economic Forum this year, ranked Kenya at position 78 out of 130, up from position 120 in 2016.
Utibe Uko has his mind and eyes set on luring more youth into farming through his enterprise UniQuest Farms & Innovations Centre that besides working in vegetable cultivation, is partnering with young people in Nigeria through Agribusiness Cooperative Development.
While it's unlikely that a company changing hands would deliberately conceal any employee costs and liabilities from potential buyers, due to the buyer's unfamiliarity with the local employment landscape it is possible to miss some employee costs..
The onset of new technological inventions is always underpinned by ambivalence at best, and at worst, fear and alarm.
[Bob Koigi] Column: Diversification to new frontiers the magic bullet to fixing unemployment in Africa
Africa’s smallholder farmers are the apex of agricultural output in the continent contributing a staggering 75 percent of all agricultural production and creating millions of jobs in the process.
A study released by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers last month stated that Africa continues to be Kenya’s leading export destination accounting for 40.6 per cent of our exports.
Javnyuy Joybert is the founder of COSDEF Group, a Cameroonian social enterprise business whose four startups staggered across education, employment, finance and ICT seek design solutions to Africa’s problems, create impact and make money.
Angele Messa runs Kamerbigbang.com an online business in Cameroon that works with the youth by equipping them with practical skills necessary to gain quality education which then facilitates their inclusion into the job market or transforms them into job creators.
The decision by the African Union to introduce an African passport and abolish visa requirements for all African citizens is the most transformative and historic attempt the continent has ever made in opening up its borders to its people
Our quest to attain a green economy should be broad-based and inclusive. But we cannot achieve this if the vision of sustainability is not shared by every one of us.
South Africa’s latest unemployment figures make for sombre reading. While official unemployment is now 27.7 percent, the most affected group is young people under the age of 35.
Increased Infrastructure, Labour-Intensive Manufacturing Key to Africa’s Industrial Competitiveness - Afreximbank President
"At this stage, it might be better to import fabrics and transform them into garments or to produce and assemble other labour-intensive light-manufacturing goods rather than processing raw materials in a way that may not enable Africa to compete globally”.
[Column] Debbie Goodman-Bhyat: Visible shift from expat to local for multinational leadership teams in Africa
Global multinationals throughout Africa are increasingly filling their top leadership teams with executives from the continent – a move away from the historical trend of appointing mostly expats to key positions.
Korede Ologun of Helix Securities Limited interviews with Africa Business Communities on past and present economic situation in Nigeria:
The Managed Partnerships will see two new IWG locations open in Accra in 2023, the first being with esteemed real estate developer Radwan Damak in the Atlantic Tower 2 building, Airport City.
Survival depended on adopting technological practices, online platforms, and digital solutions that many businesses would’ve preferred to adopt over several years, not within a few months.
The 2022 Africa Visa Openness Index (AVOI) report shows African countries making progress in their freedom of travel policies, most of which had been severely curtailed by the Covid-19 crisis.
SeamlessHR is an end-to-end HR and Payroll technology focused on helping businesses in emerging markets increase their productivity by deploying well-designed, world-class technology solutions.
The Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund (MFAGF), a Fund of Funds that works through African investment vehicles to support early-stage, growth-oriented SMEs on the continent, has been launched with a committed $200 million.
The global IT skills shortage is real and not going away. According to a May 2022 McKinsey report, an overwhelming majority of companies worldwide (87%) are aware that they either already have a skills gap or will have one within a few years.
Backing Ghana's ambition to become a regional textile and apparel manufacturing hub, IFC announced a partnership with DTRT Apparel Group that will support the expansion of the company's garment production capacity.
Lancement du projet Employment4Youth-L’Industrie 4.0 pour favoriser l’emploi des jeunes en Côte d’Ivoire
L’objectif principal de ce projet est d’aider la Tunisie et la Côte d’Ivoire à accroître l’emploi des jeunes et améliorer les conditions de travail en structurant et en consolidant un écosystème d’économie numérique et particulièrement celui de l’Industrie 4.0.
IFC has appointed Madalo Minofu as the new Country Manager for Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia. In her new role, Minofu will help strengthen the role of the private sector in energy, telecom, manufacturing, and agribusiness development in the three countries.
IFC has appointed Malick Fall as the new Country Manager for Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the Republic of Congo.
The Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES) has – since its launch in October 2020 – created opportunities for over 1 million direct beneficiaries across South Africa.
SociumJob. lève des fonds auprès d’investisseurs pour accélérer son déploiement en Afrique francophone
SociumJob. lève 1 million d'euros pour accélérer son déploiement en Afrique francophone et permettre aux entreprises opérant sur le continent de recruter les meilleurs talents.
The project is part of the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation and the develoPPP program that the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
[Kenya] Safaricom, NCPWD link persons with disabilities with job opportunities through online portal
The portal, powered by IT service provider Fuzu, is a first in Africa and seeks to help employers easily identify and recruit Persons with Disabilities into their firms.
La Fondation Mastercard recrute la prochaine cohorte de jeunes diplômés à travers l'Afrique et le Canada pour son programme de stages de 6 à 12 mois.
The Mastercard Foundation is recruiting the next cohort of young graduates across Africa and Canada for our 6-12 month Graduate Internship Program.