Moringa School partners MPesa Africa to train on Mini Applications and API Development

Moringa School, Safaricom and M-PESA Africa have partnered to provide digital API (Application Programming Interface) training and certification across Africa.

The initiative is tailored for individuals looking to learn, develop and build solutions integrated into digital solutions such as M-PESA and aims to spur innovation and fast-track the growth of the M-PESA ecosystem.

M-PESA is the continent’s leading fintech and digital payments provider serving 60 million customers and 5 million businesses.

It also seeks to address a skills shortfall within the continent where limited availability of developers has led to a talent war between bigger players, while leaving SMEs and micro-SMEs unable to access affordable talent that would empower them to take advantage of growing smartphone and digital payments usage.

The partnership features a bespoke Moringa School curriculum for the M-PESA mini-apps. The M-PESA mini apps enable businesses or organisations to embed their own app within the M-PESA Super App. In turn, they can then offer their full suite of products and services complete with integrated payments to more than 60 million M-PESA customers on Safaricom and Vodacom.

Key areas of focus include API development and integration, UI/UX frameworks, and mini-apps development.

Delivered through a blended learning model combining both online and offline elements, the program promises to make high-level tech education accessible to developers across Africa. This approach is expected to significantly bridge the existing skill gap, placing M-PESA developers at the forefront of technological innovation.

Additionally, the partnership introduces a comprehensive certification program. Developers who successfully complete the training will be awarded a certification, acknowledging their acquired expertise and contributing to their professional development. This aspect of the program is anticipated to raise the standards and competitiveness of the M-PESA ecosystem.

Both self and group-sponsored learners can apply to join the program on Moringa School’s website starting December 2023.

In the words of Fiona Kirua, Ag CEO of Moringa School, “This partnership marks a major leap in our commitment to equipping developers with the skills necessary to spearhead innovation in the digital realm.”

“We are partnering with Moringa School to train more developers across the continent in API and mobile app development. These skills are critical with the growing uptake of smartphones and digital financial solutions, and will empower more businesses and especially SMEs to bring their products and solutions to these digital ecosystems such as the M-PESA Super App,” said Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, MD – M-PESA Africa.

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