Facebook's collaboration with African developers was on display this month in San Francisco during the company's F8 developer conference.
Facebook officials said in recent years 70 percent of its developers have been located outside of the U.S. Facebook has intentionally cultivated partnerships with developers in several African countries to meet perceived needs.
“We believe that local entrepreneurs and developers will be the ones to meet the needs of their immediate community, and we are working with developers to know how we can support them in doing so,” Strategic Product Partnerships Manager at Facebook Emeka Afigbo said. “We are listening to our developer partners in Africa, and the strong showing for F8 is a reflection of our commitment to doing more with our partners across the continent to help them build products and businesses.”
Facebook has worked with the Nigerian groups frinolly, The Net, vZikoko, and My Music on entertainment projects, with the NIgerian and Ghanaian Jobberman jobs project, and with South Africa's GumTree project. The company also highlighted two projects from Malawi at F8.