Moringa & Safaricom to Grow M-PESA Dev Community

Moringa School has teamed up with Safaricom and M-PESA Africa to launch a new digital training program. This program is designed to teach individuals how to create and integrate applications, particularly focusing on digital platforms like M-PESA. It’s aimed at fostering innovation and accelerating the growth of the M-PESA ecosystem, which is a leading fintech and digital payment system in Africa, serving millions of customers and businesses.

The initiative addresses the shortage of skilled developers in Africa, a situation that has led to intense competition for talent among large companies and left small and micro-sized enterprises struggling to find affordable skilled personnel. This challenge hinders their ability to capitalize on the increasing use of smartphones and digital payments.

The training includes a special curriculum developed by Moringa School for creating M-PESA mini-apps, which allow businesses to offer their services through the M-PESA Super App, reaching over 60 million users. The curriculum covers areas such as API development, UI/UX design, and mini-apps creation.

Offered through a mix of online and in-person sessions, the program aims to make advanced tech education accessible to developers throughout Africa, helping close the skills gap. It also introduces a certification for developers who complete the course, enhancing their professional growth and improving the M-PESA ecosystem’s standards and competitiveness.

Applications for the program are open on the Moringa School website from December 2023. Fiona Kirua, the acting CEO of Moringa School, highlighted the partnership as a significant step towards providing developers with the skills needed for digital innovation. Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, MD of M-PESA Africa, emphasized the importance of this training in equipping developers with vital skills for the digital age, enabling more businesses, especially SMEs, to integrate their services into digital platforms like the M-PESA Super App.

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