At a glance

Kenya is one of the ten leading economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and the most developed country in East Africa. Kenya’s population is very young: three quarters of the population are under 35 years of age. This is also the group facing the highest unemployment rate. Since the formal sector does not offer enough jobs and is therefore unable to absorb the large number of young people entering the labour market, the only option for the youth is often either self-employment or employment in the informal sector. Moreover, there are great inequalities between the genders, as well as between urban and rural population groups and various ethnic groups in the country.

With annual growth averaging 10.8% since 2016, the information and communications technology (ICT) services sector is one of the most promising economic sectors for the future. In particular, the high number of adults using a cell phone and the widespread use of mobile payment methods and online commerce are contributing to this growth. Thus, the ICT sector offers great potential for job creation, from which young people, women and other marginalized groups may increasingly benefit in the future.

In order to continue to sustainably promote the digital transformation in the country and adequately meet upcoming challenges, the Kenyan government has adopted a new national development strategy called “Kenya Vision 2030”. With the “Digital Economy Blueprint” the country has also set itself an ambitious strategic framework to exploit the potential of the digital economy and consolidate Kenya’s reputation as “Silicon Savannah”.

Our approach

To adequately address the challenges described above, the Digital Transformation Center Kenya is aiming to strengthen the local digital ecosystem by collaborating with a growing network of entrepreneurs, startups, and innovation centers. Through the development of strategic partnerships with a wide range of public, private, and civil society stakeholders, the center engages in three key action areas: