The project further strengthens the support system in the 14 project countries by offering long-term education and training opportunities for young people from different educational and social backgrounds at the locations of the Orange Digital Centers: young unemployed people with or without school or vocational training have the same opportunity to acquire digital knowledge as retrainees or university students. This improves chances of young people on the labour market.
Since the start of the cooperation, more than 9,500 people have been trained and more than 1,400 jobs were created in the operational ODCs namely: Tunisia (April 2019), Senegal (October 2019), Cameroon (April 2020), Ethiopia (February 2021), Côte d’Ivoire (June 2021), Jordan (June 2021), Mali (July 2021), Morocco (July 2021), Madagascar (November 2021) and Egypt (December 2021)
The project aims to achieve the following:
- 20,000 youth, of whom at least 20% are women, have received training and development opportunities in the various ODC components, as well as coaching and mentoring in finding a job or starting a business in the IT sector.
- At least 8,000, of whom at least 20% are women, youth are expected to have found paid internships or permanent positions in companies or started their own IT business by the end of the project.
- Within three years after the end of the project, Orange aims to have already enabled 10,000 youth to find employment or start their own business in the IT sector.
The joint project of Orange and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is part of the develoPPP programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, the Orange Digital Centers are supported by the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition". Further project locations are in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali and Sierra Leone.
Guided tour of ODC Egypt: https://orangedigitalcentervirtualtouregypt.com/