In 2018, the African Development Bank, together with partners – The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook – launched the Coding for Employment Program at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. By training youth in demand-driven Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum and matching graduates directly with ICT employers, this program was aimed at preparing Africa’s youth for tomorrow’s jobs and unleashing the next generation of young digital innovators from the continent. Coding for Employment will create over 9 million jobs and reach 32 million youth and women across Africa.

The University of Nairobi was selected to be one of the Centers for the Operationalization of the program. Today, 8th March 2022. The dream and vision of the Coding for Employment (CfE) program has been realized as the Center of Excellence has successfully been launched at the University of Nairobi.

The Coding for Employment Program (CfE), is a key flagship project of the innovation pillar of the Jobs for Youth strategy. It seeks to develop, scale, and replicate proven models that will unlock jobs for the youth.