Skills for employability: The role of information and communications technologies

Although there are few direct references to Technical and Vocational Skills Development (TVSD) in the Millennium Development Goals and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, the development of employable skills by Africa‟s youth has emerged as a prioritised area for many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, regional bodies, and development partners since the beginning of the 21st century. An overview of official development assistance figures shows that TVSD has not received much attention and financial assistance in recent history. Bilateral funding from Development Assistance Committee (DAC) countries to the education sector on average received between 11-15% of total annual funding in years 2002 to 2008 (financial commitments summing up to USD 83 billion in 2008) while TVSD on average claimed only 2%. The financial assistance availed to education from multilateral donors was approximately a third of the total bilateral assistance and TVSD on average received only 1% of these funds during the same time period (International Labour Office 2011). 

Saturday, January 1, 2011 (All day)
Denise Clarke, Lina Palmer
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