Orange, GIZ to offer free digital training , business support to 20,000 youths in Africa, Middle East

London, Dec. 18, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Orange Africa and Middle East and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, have signed a partnership agreement to train 20.000 young people in digital skills in 14 countries in the Africa and Middle East region.

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Orange and GIZ as two major institutions, one recognized for its expertise and know-how in the field of innovation, the other recognized by its expertise in supporting the economic and social development of partner countries, will work hand in hand to train young people in digital skills, improve their employ-ability and thus help reduce unemployment.

Orange, GIZ to offer free digital training, business support to 20,00 youths in Africa, Middle EastTo accomplish the programme, Orange is contributing 20 million Euros while GIZ will invest 10 million Euros to create a long-lasting impact on the economic perspective of young people

In the context of the project GIZ acts as implementation partner for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), who has set up the develoPPP.de program to foster the involvement of the private sector at the point where business opportunities and development policy initiatives overlap.

Orange and GIZ will establish digital hubs known as Orange Digital Centres, ODC in Africa and the Middle East –These centers offer training in digital technology to young people free of charge, help them accelerate the creation of start-ups and support project leaders.

The ODCs will feature digital state-of-the-art equipment. The teams will work with various stakeholders and the entrepreneurial ecosystem of each country to train young people and support in finding jobs. The ODCs will also work with universities in the regions.

The ODC concept already launched in Tunisia and Senegal will soon be deployed in Morocco, Jordan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mali, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Burkina Faso, in Guinea and Liberia. Each ODC includes a coding school, a FabLab Solidaire, a start-up accelerator “Orange Fab” and Digital Ventures Africa, the Orange Group’s investment fund.

Each of these 4 programs is aimed at a specific audience. The Coding School, a free access technology center that offers training, events and support for developers, geeks and project ideas. The FabLab Solidaire, a digital manufacturing workshop for creating and prototyping with digital equipments, also targets young people without diplomas and without jobs.

The FabLab Solidaire of the ODC is part of the worldwide network of 88 FabLabs Solidaires belonging to the Orange Foundation.Orange Fab and Digital Ventures Africa are programs that target entrepreneurs. The first is a start-up accelerator that supports the most promising start-ups in their commercial development and also helps them to build business partnerships with the Orange Group and the worldwide network of 17 Orange Fabs.

The second, Orange Digital Ventures Africa, is a 50 million euro investment fund that finances innovative start-ups in countries on the African continent and in the Middle East region. The Digital Center aims to create synergies between all these programs. The aim of this partnership between Orange and GIZ is to make digital a chance for everyone.

Orange is present in 19 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has nearly 125 million customers as of October 30, 2019. With sales of € 5.2 billion in 2018, this zone is a strategic priority for the Group. Orange Money, its money transfer and mobile money service available in 18 countries, has 45 million customers. a multi-service operator, a leading partner in digital transformation, brings its know-how to support the development of new digital services in Africa and the Middle East.

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