Despite the challenges associated with the pandemic, the African developer ecosystem is thriving. This is according to Google’s African Developer Ecosystem Report 2021 released yesterday. The study was conducted in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa through field surveys and analysis with software developers as well as interviews with local experts.
Google also announced plans to train around 100,000 African software developers this year. According to Google, demand for African developers hit an all-time high in 2021 amid the global economic crisis and the impact of the pandemic. With increased internet usage (+22%) among small and medium enterprises on the continent, the need for web development services has also increased.
This, alongside an increased demand for remote development work (38% of African developers work for at least one company based outside the continent). “At Google, we intend to step up training and support for this community by bridging the gap between developer skills and focusing our efforts on developing female developers who face cutting edge challenges.”shared Nitin Gajria, general manager of Google in Africa.