The Rise of Coworking in Africa
August 23, 2018

As with the majority of the other continents, coworking has seen a steep increase on the African continent. Although many of the factors that have caused a global increase in popularity of coworking are global, there are some which are more pertinent and more specific to Africa than others.

Africa has the youngest global population, having over two hundred million between the ages of 15-24. This shows that a large percentage of the African population have grown up in a more technological generation. Some might argue and say that technology in Africa is behind in comparison with the rest of the world, however, true as that may be, that does not mean that there is no technology. A large portion of the population are millennials.

Having said that, the majority of African countries struggle with high unemployment rates. This has led to people having to be self-employed and entrepreneurial in order to make a living. With the exception of South Africa, a lot of coworking spaces seem to be thriving in countries where there is good technological infrastructure and high unemployment; for example, Kenya, Egypt and Nigeria.

There has also been a lot of focus and praise awarded to entrepreneurship recently. More funding opportunities from governments and private investors have become available in some parts of the continent, in order to facilitate and encourage entrepreneurship. This has led to an increase in the numbers of entrepreneurs, and thus the growth of more coworking spaces.

In conclusion, it can be seen that the drivers of coworking are mainly global. However, there are some that are most pertinent in Africa.