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Welthungerhilfe Zimbabwe has conducted training for 200 youths in digital skills in Harare.

The training, according to the aid organisation, is part of its urban resilience building project, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and supported by the World Food Programme (WFP).

‘Thanks to [USAID Zimbabwe] and support from [WFP Zimbabwe], we are empowering 200 youths in [Harare], training them on digital skills that can be activated for income’, Welthungerhilfe Zimbabwe said in a tweet.

World Bank 2019 data puts the youth unemployment rate in the southern African country at 27.5 percent.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO), in 2019, said Zimbabwe faced a serious deficit of skilled professionals particularly in the technology, engineering, science, health and agricultural sectors.

According to the Bindura University, its research revealed a substantial gap in the market when it comes to digital capability and skills in Zimbabwe.

The 2021 Zimbabwe Digital Economy Diagnostic noted that Zimbabwe has good potential for the development of digital entrepreneurship, yet challenges abound, including limited access to market data, limited access to startup capital, and a complex tax regime for entrepreneurs

The report also noted that the rapid pace of innovation, together with a supply side failure to deliver the required digital skills, means that many businesses, service providers, and organisations struggle to obtain employees with the right skills to harness technological opportunities in Zimbabwe.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has also acknowledged the importance of digital skills for young people in Africa.

The bank launched its Coding for Employment programme in 2021 to train over 500 digital ambassadors to lead a peer-to-peer training model.

Development Diaries had reported that the government of Zimbabwe received a grant from the African Development Fund (ADF) to finance the Sustainable Enterprise Development for Women and Youth (SEDWY).

Photo source: Welthungerhilfe Zimbabwe

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