Technologies for Africa – The surge of urbanisation in Africa is forging heterogeneous relationships that are birthing new constructs of job and workplace demands. There is an unusual mixture of cultural patterns which is breeding unique networks and new social capital in metropolitan centres across Africa just as more people are connecting to the Internet for a longer amount of time, this time for professional development reasons. Supporting this, AfCFTA, the recent objective of the African Union has a strong view and ambition to integrate the economies of unit countries and this comes with the burden of shared knowledge, mobile talent, transferrable resources and facilitation of a boundaryless Africa.
Adopting technologies for Africa in such African space will have in mind the following demands of the Human Capital terrain in Africa.
- Skills sets required for future jobs are being re-adjusted, particularly as technology continues to reshape the skills required for work. Hence, less-advanced skills are declining, while advanced cognitive, socio-behavioural, and adaptable skills are increasing. Existing jobs are also requiring new skills. So, the future is a world of new skills.
- 65% of African CEOs are worried they are not innovating enough, 59% feel they are kept from quality standards and customer experience and 54% confirmed that they were missing their growth targets, all because of inadequate skills.
- Technology penetration is growing at a fast rate annually and they will continue to facilitate advancement of talent availability but the need to destroy cultural divides and forge collaborations amongst professionals is critical.
- EFinA has estimated that Africa will have the 4th largest millennial population by 2030, approximately, greater than 90m. Further to this, in a changing world with all economic reconstructions, demand for Jobs and also reallocation of labour will remain high with the expectation that by 2035, the number of Africans joining the working-age population will exceed that of the rest of the world combined. The demand for work re-design is certainly inevitable.
Therefore, the passion for an African’s career expression comes with the following desires;
- The need for people to know what I can offer with my skills, beyond what traditional outputs of education forged in me,
- Need for new interests and new solutions to address complexities in our societies and having them stimulate new banks of knowledge for the future that already seems scary,
- The urgency to fit these needs into the diverse cultural patterns of Africa with affinity for cultural themes or African vocabularies, symbolic meetups and cross – country engagements, with syndicated work-life across Africa, taking Africa as a single state and single workplace.
All of these will change the dynamics of workforce technologies going into the future, perhaps in Africa. We have talked about the offerings the likes of Linkedin bring, for so long, so what’s next?