africa | February 1, 2017

Digital freelancing sites bring global youth into the gig economy

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In Kenya, 40,000 youths have secured work through freelancing sites like Amazon’s MTurk and Kenyan startup KuHustle. The Kenyan government wants to boost that to a million young people by dispatching mentors and providing free wi-fi and online registration.

Globally, 75 million youth ages 15 to 24 are without work; 20 million more enter the workforce each year.

Youth are “an enormous, latent asset,” says development advisory firm Dalberg. “Young people have the potential to drive economic and social development in some of the world’s poorest countries.”

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