Africa: Addressing Skills Gaps for Africa’s Sustainable Growth

Harare — A strategic plan has been created to address gaps in skills capacity required to help Africa implement the first ten years of Agenda 2063.

The plan was described in a new report titled Africa’s critical technical skills, a key capacity dimension needed for the first ten years implementation of agenda 2063 developed by the Zimbabwe-headquartered African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).

According to the report, Africa needs 1.6 million agricultural scientists and has a gap of 2.8 million water and sanitation engineers. It adds that the continent accounts for less than 1.5 per cent of international scientific journals publications and percentage has been declining steeply in recent decades.

The report was presented at the third Pan-African Capacity Development Forum in Harare last month (3-5 May), which was organised by ACBF to mark its 25th Anniversary since its establishment.

About 900 people from 40 African countries including Botswana, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya attended the forum.