Tech Disruption in Africa: Assessing the Potential of the Digital Labour Platform Sector

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Tech Disruption in Africa: Assessing the Potential of the Digital Labour Platform Sector

Tech Disruption in Africa: Assessing the Potential of the Digital Labour Platform Sector

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Trade Briefs ~ John Stuart

Digital labour platforms are applications that run on computers and smart devices and are able to facilitate new online markets for services of diverse types. These platforms disrupt existing markets in the sense that they replace prior ways of doing business, but they also create new modes of market behaviour, make new markets and even create new services.

This Trade Brief recognises the potential importance of digital labour platforms for the developing world, especially Africa, where self-employment and micro entrepreneurial activity is more important than perhaps anywhere else in the world. The brief firstly outlines the dimensions of the global market and then attempts to estimate the size of the actual and the potential digital labour market in Africa. The brief closes with an extended conclusion that covers remaining challenges and policy recommendations.


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