Digital Divide Data Receives $895,000 Grant from Rockefeller Foundation to Foster Impact Sourcing Industry in Africa, Creating Jobs for Kenyan Youth

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Digital Divide Data has received a grant of $895,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation to create technology jobs for youth in Kenya.

“We’re thrilled to support DDD in bringing digital employment opportunities to East Africa to benefit some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens,” said James Nyoro, Managing Director, Africa at The Rockefeller Foundation.

Digital Divide Data (DDD) has received a grant of $895,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation to bring its social enterprise model to Kenya. This funding will enable DDD to invest in an information technology services business that will train and employ 300 youth from slum areas in Nairobi. The grant is part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s work, “Poverty Reduction through Information and Digital Employment” (PRIDE). PRIDE is working in Africa to foster and scale up a new arm of the outsourcing industry called impact sourcing by supporting programs aimed at creating employment for the poor by establishing meaningful jobs in the information technology industry.

“We’re thrilled to support DDD in bringing the innovative business model of impact sourcing, which generates employment opportunities for the poorest and most vulnerable citizens, that they pioneered in Southeast Asia to East Africa. As part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Poverty Reduction through Information and Digital Employment work, this will build on the successful business process outsourcing model that exists in the developing world by fostering and scaling up the impact sourcing industry,” said James Nyoro, Managing Director, Africa at the Rockefeller Foundation.

DDD’s CEO Jeremy Hockenstein said, “We’ve long admired the work of the Rockefeller Foundation, and are proud to be counted among their grantees. We deeply appreciate this funding to support our growth—and are excited to have a partner as committed and thoughtful as the Rockefeller Foundation to help us expand our inclusive business model to Africa.”

DDD’s services power the data entry, XML conversion and digital preservation needs of publishers, libraries, content hosts, academic researchers and businesses globally. The social enterprise competes with leading for-profit companies in the global content conversion industry while employing talented youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in developing countries. The organization employs more than 750 staff in three offices located in Cambodia and Laos.

The current Business Process Outsourcing industry in the developing world has largely been successful at creating job opportunities for higher educated and more successful segments of the population in Asia and Africa. The Rockefeller Foundation’s grant to DDD is part of their PRIDE work aimed at fostering a critical new arm of the industry called impact sourcing. Through its support of Impact Sourcing, Rockefeller will work to nurture and scale up the establishment of an industry that services and employs poor or marginalized populations in Africa. This grant will support DDD as they establish a scalable Impact Sourcing operation in Kenya, creating jobs, developing talent, and serving local clients to serve as a foundation for the growth of an Impact Sourcing industry.

Digital Divide Data

Digital Divide Data is an innovative, internationally acclaimed social enterprise. We create jobs for talented youth in developing countries by delivering high-quality content business process outsourcing services to clients globally. This business empowers our staff with the skills and experience they need to lift themselves out of poverty. When our business grows, so does our impact. For more information please visit http://www.digitaldividedata.org.

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation fosters innovative solutions to many of the world's most pressing challenges, affirming its mission, since 1913, to “promote the well-being” of humanity. Today, the Foundation works to ensure that more people can tap into the benefits of globalization while strengthening resilience to its risks. Foundation initiatives include efforts to mobilize an agricultural revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa, bolster economic security for American workers, inform equitable, sustainable transportation policies in the United States, ensure access to affordable and high-quality health systems in developing countries, and develop strategies and services that help vulnerable communities cope with the impacts of climate change. For more information, please visit http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org.

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