Empowering Africa

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Information about the project
Empowering Africa
In 2012, world-leading satellite operator SES developed a training programme called ELEVATE with two coinciding objectives in mind: on one hand, supporting the development of broadcasting businesses in Africa with quality installations, and on the other hand, empowering local population and enabling business growth through skills development. ELEVATE is the Quality Assurance and Accreditation training programme developed for individuals interested in becoming a qualified satellite dish installer in Africa. Elevate does not only provide individuals with dish installation skills but also enables participants to become professionals equipped with the right marketing and business capabilities to build a successful career and a flourishing business. Through the transmission of knowledge and skills, the programme aims to create an engaged network of installers, which is essential to support the development of satellite broadcasting and connectivity in the continent. Through skills development and the creation of a recognized network, this programme also helps to address the high unemployment challenges that continue to grapple the African continent. ELEVATE was initially launched in South Africa where the unemployment rate is currently 27.1%* (Q3 2017) which is an increase of 0.6% compared to the previous year. ELEVATE enables the development of business and industrial skills, which is key to economic and social growth. Therefore education and training should evolve at the right pace to support demand through the right technological advancements and infrastructure. To date, the programme has trained over 8,500 installers across 15 countries in Africa.
Regional implementation
  • Africa
Central African Republic, Chad (Republic of)
Ongoing from 31/01/2012 to 31/01/2022

WSIS information
* Capacity building
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Programme
  • Training initiative