G20 Flagship projects

WeCode: Empowering Rwandan Women through job creation

Title of the Project:

WeCode: Empowering Rwandan Women through job creation

Country:

Germany

Geographical presence:

Rwanda

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2016 - 2019

Project website:

https://www.wecode.rw/

Geographical impact of project:

national

Funds available for the project:

Implementation level:

in support of low income and developing countries

In Rwanda, digitalization has the potential to create new, well-paid jobs in the country as well as good career opportunities in international companies in Rwanda and abroad. However, since the IT-sector is traditionally a masculine domain, so far mainly men have profited form this development.

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.