Estimating the Number of Jobs in African Infrastructure Projects

Infrastructure projects in Africa are often seen as the backbone of economic development, driving growth and enhancing connectivity across the continent. However, one of the most significant challenges faced by these projects is the difficulty in accurately estimating the number of jobs they will create. This estimation is crucial for understanding the socio-economic impact of infrastructure investments and for garnering political and financial support. Enter the PIDA Job Creation Toolkit—a revolutionary online platform designed to estimate the job creation potential of PIDA and other African infrastructure projects. This toolkit provides a systematic approach to harnessing Africa’s demographic dividend and unlocking opportunities for wider regional economic development through job creation in infrastructure.

The Genesis of the Toolkit

The PIDA Job Creation Toolkit was born out of a need to systematically estimate and maximize job creation from infrastructure projects. The toolkit was developed with a scalable process enabling project owners to estimate job creation resulting from African infrastructure projects, especially the larger transboundary PIDA projects. It was first piloted on the Batoka Gorge Hydro-Electric Scheme to estimate the number of direct, indirect, induced, and secondary jobs that could be created during its lifecycle.

How the Toolkit Transforms Various Sectors

Just as steam power catalyzed the industrial revolution, the PIDA Job Creation Toolkit is poised to transform multiple sectors by providing detailed job creation estimates. Let’s explore how this toolkit can be applied across various sectors and sub-sectors.

Energy Sector: The Inga 3 Hydropower Plant

In the energy sector, the Inga 3 Hydropower Plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo serves as a prime example. By using the PIDA Job Creation Toolkit, project owners can estimate the number of jobs created during the construction phase, operation, and maintenance of the plant. The toolkit helps in identifying direct jobs such as engineers and construction workers, indirect jobs like suppliers and service providers, and induced jobs such as those in local businesses that support the workforce. Additionally, secondary jobs created due to the increased energy supply can be estimated, providing a comprehensive view of the project’s impact on job creation.

Transport Sector: The North-South Multimodal Transport Corridor

In the transport sector, the North-South Multimodal Transport Corridor in Southern Africa demonstrates the toolkit’s versatility. This corridor integrates road, rail, and port infrastructure to facilitate trade and movement across the region. By applying the toolkit, project planners can estimate the number of jobs generated in each sub-sector—road construction, rail development, and port operations. The toolkit can also provide insights into the potential for job creation in logistics, warehousing, and ancillary services, thereby offering a holistic picture of the economic benefits of the corridor.

ICT Sector: East Africa’s Digital Backbone

The ICT sector stands to benefit immensely from the PIDA Job Creation Toolkit. Consider East Africa’s Digital Backbone project, aimed at enhancing internet connectivity across the region. The toolkit can estimate jobs created in laying fiber optic cables, setting up data centers, and maintaining ICT infrastructure. Furthermore, it can predict the secondary job impact, such as increased employment in digital services driven by improved connectivity.

Preview of the PIDA Job Creation Toolkit Report

The PIDA Job Creation Toolkit report is structured to provide comprehensive insights into job creation potential. Here are several key sections:

  1. Project Overview: This section provides a summary of the project, including its objectives, scope, and expected outcomes.
  2. Job Creation Estimates: Detailed estimates of direct, indirect, induced, and secondary jobs across different phases of the project (planning, construction, and operation).
  3. Sector and Sub-Sector Analysis: Breakdown of job creation potential by sector and sub-sector, highlighting the specific areas where jobs will be generated.
  4. Economic Impact Assessment: Analysis of the broader economic impact of the project.
  5. Job Maximization Strategy: Guidelines and Strategies for Maximizing Job Creation, Drawing on Global Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Similar Projects.

Visit the Job Creation Toolkit to learn more.