IFC Partners With Gebeya to Foster the Tech Potential of African Women


Equipping women with the necessary skills to tackle the world’s challenges is pivotal to mitigating the gender gap in the tech industry. Currently, more must be done to improve women’s participation in STEM, and helping them build their digital skills is key to achieving that.

Several platforms are making efforts to bridge the gender gap in the tech industry. Recently, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) partnered with Gebeya to launch the Digital Gender-Ethiopia Program. This project targets the gender disparity in the tech and innovation sectors by sponsoring female software developers to achieve their dreams.

At only 20 years of age, Semhal Tekleab is already pursuing a career in Android app development. Tekleab says her training experience at Gebeya has made her a problem-solving thinker and given her all the skills needed to propel careerwise. Semhal Tekleab, Bezawit Worku, and Amen Sime are just a few of the women benefitting from the Gebeya Digital Gender-Ethiopia Program.

Moreover, Gebeya is an Ethiopian company that trains, employs, and fosters African IT talents. Their partnership with IFC aims at sponsoring 250 African female software developers and seed funding 20 female tech entrepreneurs.