Our partnerships in Africa date back more than 75 years and Boeing airplanes form the backbone of the continent's commercial fleet with more than 60 airline customers operating around 500 airplanes, representing approximately 70% of the airplane market currently in service across the continent.
Graced by vast natural resources and an expanding young workforce, Africa is forecast to see strong traffic and airplane demand growth in the next two decades. Boeing forecasts that African carriers will require 1,030 new jet aircraft deliveries over the next 20 years, 80% for growth of the current fleet. Boeing is firmly committed to this potential.
Our investments in Africa have helped grow the local aerospace sector, creating jobs and driving innovation for mutual benefit. Boeing works with eight suppliers across six markets in Africa, with partnerships valued at approximately $41 million per year.
Since 2006, Boeing has invested over $12.1M in community outreach programs across Africa, all focused on providing systemic improvements in education and economic empowerment for those in poverty.
Kuljit Ghata-Aura is currently the president of Boeing Africa, and also covers Turkey and the Middle East region. Our office is located in Johannesburg, South Africa, in addition to having field service representatives with commercial customers across the continent.
Since 2006, Boeing has partnered with over 40 organizations in Africa to deliver a variety of community programs. Working across Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and South Africa, Boeing invested over $12.1 million to support systemic improvements in education, economic empowerment, and the alleviation of rural poverty.
Some of our community projects in Africa:
Morocco: The Boeing Business Challenge with Injaz Al Maghrib supports student’s innovation and provides aviation-themed business solutions.
Injaz Tunisia Innovation Camp helps school students prepare for their professional careers.
Algeria: Injaz El Djazair develops an entrepreneurial ecosystem to help students learn how to build businesses and enter the workforce.
Two female students from Africa selected to join The International Business Internship program (IBIP) by Boeing.
Kenya: Digital Data Divide (DDD) addresses youth unemployment through the Work-Study Program. With more than 7,700 individuals trained so far, we are expanding our support to DDD to help young Kenyans find a lifetime of opportunity through education and employment in the Tech industry.
(Photo: Digital Data Divide)
Ethiopia: Link Community Development program helped improve learning for 61,345 girls. It continues to bring quality education to young girls in rural Ethiopia, and encourage them to study STEM subjects that could lead to prosperous future careers.
(Photo: LCD Ethiopia)
South Africa: The Future Leaders Programme (FLP) by Global Teachers Institute is a school-based teacher development program.
(Photo: LCD Ethiopia)
Kenya - The BOMA Project enrolls ultra-poor women to start a small business and provide financial and life skills training and mentoring.
(Photo: The BOMA Project)
Kenya - The Village Enterprise poverty graduation program poor individuals access to business and financial literacy training and ongoing mentorship, along with a seed capital grant to start businesses.
(Photo: Village Enterprise)
Tanzania – Hand in Hand International, Entrepreneurship Training provides business support and training to women. Thanks to our partnership with Hand in Hand International, we expect to train more than 3,400 women and young entrepreneurs and create more than 3,000 jobs in Tanzania by 2023. This will help deliver long term economic impact for more than 12,000 people in the country.
(Photo: Hand in Hand International)
South Africa: The Ubuntu Pathways Project transformed their campus to an emergency COVID-19 response center in Port Elizabeth, providing life-saving medical support, food, job skills training, and education. We will continue to support Ubuntu Pathways in reaching over 200 unemployed youth with training and job placement, and help families and communities recover from the devastating impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
(Photo: Ubuntu Pathways)
Kenya: ThinkYoung helps students to pursue further studies within the STEM field. Teaching sessions are dedicated to coding robotics and drone building. Our programs continue to train young students in Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia in demand-driven coding skills, and help them pursue a higher education path in speciﬁc STEM subjects.
Africa: Junior Achievement (JA) Africa equips young Africans with the employment and entrepreneurship skillsets and mindsets they need to build thriving communities. Our partnership with JA Africa aims to equip more than 5,000 of Africa’s youth in seven countries with the necessary skills and knowledge to become leaders in their chosen fields.
(Photo: JA Africa)
Ivory Coast: The Léo Lagrange Federation has been a partner of Boeing since 2015. The activities developed allow adolescents aged 11 to 15 to benefit from the development of their skills in the fields of STEM. It is about creating opportunities for all young people, and in particular young women, whatever their background or profile.
(Photo: Léo Lagrange)
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