The economies of many countries in sub-Saharan Africa are growing. Rising levels of investment in their expanding energy and commodities sectors are generating more and more jobs.
To date, however, local citizens have hardly benefited from the economic upturn. The reason: only a few people are sufficiently qualified to do the new jobs.
The international Employment for Development Initiative (E4D) aims to change this for once and for all. It is working to raise the income of around 100,000 people in Africa, create 40,000 new jobs, and improve the working conditions of another 40,000 people by the end of 2019.
Among others, the alliance consists of Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union and national ministries, universities, associations and organisations from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
The German development agency GIZ is on site to assist E4D partners in achieving their goals. In Kenya, for example, it has joined forces with companies and vocational training centres to develop further training courses for jobs in high demand in the industry, such as welding, painting or hoteliering.
This employment initiative embraces more than 70 international and local companies which are supporting local suppliers in improving their workflows and thus becoming more competitive.
In return, the companies create jobs and training opportunities and commit to more comprehensive and improved vocational training. Most new jobs are in the commodities sector, especially in the fields of energy, water and tourism.
The initiative’s many different projects not only benefit the employees but their families, too. E4D is creating prospects for a total of 350,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa – and generating a basis for permanent and stable development in the region in the process.