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Freelance job sites partner to tackle African job security

Freelance job sites partner to tackle African job security
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The Rockefeller Foundation, a philanthropic organisation and private foundation has partnered with online jobs market Elance-oDesk to help disadvantaged Africans get online jobs and earn an income.

Elance-oDesk consists of a merger between freelance listings websites Elance.com and oDesk.com.

The jobs on offer from Elance-oDesk vary from web design, writing jobs, programming, office management and project management among others.

Under the plan, the Rockefeller Foundation has invested $100 million towards digital job creation in Africa and hopes to achieve equitable growth by expanding opportunity for more people in more places worldwide

Rich Pearson, Senior Vice President of Geographies and Categories at Elance-oDesk, said “Africa’s youths deserve equal access to these jobs and we’re confident that this partnership will help open doors for them.”

Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director of Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa Regional Office said that, “we will work together to ensure that young people on the continent are aware of the opportunity presented by online work and develop the skills to successfully access online jobs for income generation, skills development and increased digital work experience.”

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