Technology multinational IBM has launched a $70 million digital literacy and skills development initiative aimed at training 25 million people in Africa over five years.
The Digital Nation Africa (DNA) initiative is being undertaken in partnership with African universities, companies and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and will provide a free cloud-based learning platform to train people from basic computer skills to high-end app development.
Africa will have the largest workforce by 2040 and IBM wants to lay the foundation to develop digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skillblocks to build a digital workforce.
The program will be launched from IBM’s regional offices in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, and Egypt.
This programme comes as no surprise as one of the trends we predicted in the digital industry for 2017 was global institution investment in Africa.