With WeCode, a women-only programming and BPO (business process outsourcing) agency, GIZ’s Promotion of Economy and Employment Programme works to close this gender gap, promoting girls and women to enter the IT-sector. The first part of the programme is an 11-week-long boot camp, where all necessary coding skills and work readiness skills are taught. The best students will go into 15 weeks of advanced training to become either a mobile- & full-stack developer or a QA (quality assurance)- & data analyst expert. The best graduates of the advanced courses are offered a contract with WeCode’s own BPO academy, which is run by a Rwandan/North American Tech company. Through this partnership WeCode assures for all acquired BPO contracts an international quality level of 98%. By the end of 2019, estimated 900 women will have completed the course and are ready to change the Rwandan IT landscape.
In Rwanda, digitalization has the potential to create new, well-paid jobs in the country as well as good career opportunities in international companies here and abroad. However, since the IT-sector is traditionally a masculine domain, so far mainly men have profited from this development.