West Africa Chapter
Talent Learning Lab

This group aims to bring together stakeholders in the SGB sector to share best practices, present new research, and discuss issues around talent management in the West African region.

The West African SGB sector is plagued with various challenges around the recruitment and retention of talent. This is caused by several factors such as skill gaps, poor human resource (HR) practices, and inadequate data.

A key constraint of small and growing businesses, as well as the organizations that support them in the West African region, is shortage of skills and talents to drive business growth. This is a challenge because the right talent to take on key roles in an organization is needed to ensure business growth and sustainability. Business scaling will require that the internal factors such as talent are given the required focus.

In addition, youth comprise the majority of available labor. It has been observed that various challenges exist with recruiting and retaining youths as they lack some necessary work skills, capacities and behaviors. This has been attributed to lack of holistic education which prepares youths for the world of work. There are thus high unemployment rates, and a high job demand, but organizations who have jobs to supply bewail the ineffectiveness of the available labor.

SGBs and intermediary organizations still need to manage youth recruitment and retention within their means and get the best in terms of productivity and output despite these challenges.

The ANDE West Africa Talent Learning Lab was launched in 2018 and brings together stakeholders in the SGB sector to share best practices, present new research, and discuss issues around talent management in the region. The key themes or focus areas include youth, talent development, employment and inclusion. These meetings will encourage knowledge-sharing, problem-solving, case-study building and capacity development opportunities on issues relating to youth and talent development.

Goals

  • Improve employment practices in the network.
  • Increase collaboration between members to act in resolving common talent challenges.
  • Provide a neutral space for participants to brainstorm solutions to common talent challenges in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Develop knowledge briefs from roundtable interactions.

ANDE staff contact: Joshua Adedeji