To empower girls with these skills, access to computers and mobile devices are important. This is where technology firms in the computer manufacturing sector like Apple, Dell and Lenovo come in. Technology companies interested in being part of this movement can aid by providing computers either for free or at affordable rates to governments, schools and non-profits interested in empowering girls and women in the technology space.
Many computer manufacturers already donate to a number of different causes; this specific cause will be one that reaps long-term benefits for both parties: technology manufacturers invest in girls now, thereby helping the African economy by providing higher skilled human capital while simultaneously beginning their expansion and dominance in Africa. Given Africa’s emerging middle class, technology companies need to keep an eye on the continent and begin developing their presence. The ability to connect on the Internet is the second layer of access.
Companies like Facebook have begun tackling the issue of providing access to the Internet by partnering with local mobile providers to offer free basic Internet services in different countries across the continent. However, in order to get past the tipping point, we need to scale up and get more tech companies to join in the mission.