WHAT IS THE STATE OF MICROWORK IN AFRICA?
A VIEW FROM SEVEN COUNTRIES
Type of Resource:
Year of Publication:
- Digital Literacy And Skills
- Internet Access, Affordability And Use
: MOTHOBI ONKOKAME, AUDE SCHOENTGEN AND ALISON GILLWALD
Trends limited uptake of online work across the seven countries surveyed – on average two percent across the seven countries. females are more likely to be microworkers than males in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania. outside of South Africa, where a significant number (though small in relation to total Internet users) are doing online profession and technical freelancing, wealthier people are less likely to work on online microwork platforms.Challenges: Internet penetration rates in many of the least developed countries surveyed vacillate around 10 percent, and few have reached the 20 percent believed to be the critical mass necessary to enjoy the network effects associated with economic growth and development. Enablers: Moreover, years of education is the main driver of microwork uptake in the surveyed countries. Mobile internet enabled devices, smartphones are found to increase the likelihood of individuals’ adoption of Internet and also increases individual probability to work in online microwork applications.
Region of Study
Country of Study