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World Bank lauds local job services

11 September 2013, 14:52 Maria Macharia

Nairobi - The World Bank has lauded local online services, Duma and M-Kazi, for creating new job opportunities for millions internationally.

In a recently-released report, Duma and M-Kazi are mentioned alongside two other firms that according to the World Bank are transforming the world of work, creating new job opportunities and making labor markets more innovative, inclusive and global.

“Information and communications technologies connect people to jobs. Online employment marketplaces are helping an estimated 12 million people worldwide find work by connecting them with employers globally.

"Babajob in India, Duma and M-Kazi in Kenya, and Souktel in the Middle East and North Africa are examples of job search services using internet-based and mobile tools.  Such services empower workers by making labor markets more transparent and inclusive,” part of the World Bank policy note, titled, “Connecting to Work:  How Information and Communication Technologies Could Help Expand Employment Opportunities,” read.

The institution noted that the companies targeted low-income and marginalized communities as well as supporting innovation that has created new, more flexible forms of employment and work.

Duma is an SMS-based job alert service that operates in the informal sector of Kenya.

It combines the components of social networking and skills-matching to connect employers to qualified, pre-screened job seekers.

M-Kazi, an Innovation for Africa company, allows job seekers to receive job alerts and apply for jobs on their mobile phones.

It lauds itself as an online and mobile recruitment platform with the largest number of jobs all over Africa.

– CAJ News



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