Filling Africa’s technology skills gap

By Fiona Graham, BBC:

Are these interns the technology giants of the future?

Stand on almost any gridlocked street corner in central Nairobi and you’ll find yourself close to a building site.

The Kenyan capital is booming, with multinational after multinational moving their African headquarters here.

At the heart of this lies the technology industry, growing by 20% annually.

The government is vigorously promoting its vision of creating a Silicon Savannah that can take on the developed world.

To do this, as well as the more traditional forms of investment, human capital is needed.

Where ever you turn in Nairobi things are being built – whether it’s a new road, apartment block or company headquarters

The population is one of the most educated in the region, unemployment is running at around 40% – yet technology companies are struggling to hire enough qualified talent.

Something that could, if left unchecked, derail Kenya’s technology explosion.

Fast track In one of Nairobi’s many gated suburbs, tucked away behind a luxuriant hedge, is Computer Revolution Africa… Read more


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