Training and research

Training and research

Despite the high unemployment rate

among young people from higher education institutions, companies have difficulty finding qualified people for their positions.

Young graduates lack skills

keys to becoming entrepreneurs, especially soft skills: leadership, planning, time management, communication

Entrepreneurship courses

the courses offered in the faculties are generally too theoretical and difficult to attract vocations, because teachers are rarely available, because teachers are rarely equipped with the necessary experience and private interveners are too expensive.

Quality trainers and coaches

are often concentrated in major urban centres.

Source : Interviews, desk research, analyses Roland Berger

R&D efforts in African countries remain very low, with a very limited contribution from the private sector

Investments in R&D

in most West African countries are very low with a very limited contribution from the private sector and governments, most of which have not established national R&D and innovation strategies.

However, some African countries have established innovation poles

(Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda…) and are seeing their R&D spending increase sharply, particularly through a major effort by the private and public sectors.

The weakness of education

(including science) and the brain drain explain the skills shortage and lack of qualified personnel.

Digital development

could be achieved through the return of the diaspora to the country. Foreign-trained individuals would thus bring the necessary skills and play a major role in new technology and innovation policies.

Source : UNESCO "science report", Roland Berger