Digital Skills in Sub-Saharan Africa

Spotlight on Ghana

Demand for digital skills in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at a faster rate than in other markets, highlighted a new report: “Digital Skills in Sub-Saharan Africa: Spotlight on Ghana” that was released by International Finance Corporation (IFC), in cooperation with L.E.K. Consulting. Selected highlights from the report:

  • Technological disruption requires more complex skills and workforce retraining, both for blue-collar and white-collar jobs, and at a scale that we are just beginning to comprehend.
  • Digital skills can enhance employability by aligning with employer requirements and prepare students for the next generation of jobs.
  • The private sector and public sector education systems can work collectively to implement innovative solutions that will bridge the existing digital skills gap.
  • Digital skills are an essential part of human capital development and contribute to the World Bank global efforts to accelerate more and better investments in people for great equity and economic growth.
  • The report finds that 230 million jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa will require digital skills by 2030, presenting investors and education operators with an estimated opportunity of $130 billion, with nearly $4 billion of this in Ghana alone.

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