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Sector innovation creates new work from home call centre jobs for South African youth

March 24, 2021

Collaboration between industry stakeholders proves it’s ability to unlock jobs.


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Too big to fail? How about too big to implement?

March 24, 2021

Why economic growth plans should focus on sector-level solutions.


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Business process outsourcing sector helps SA spring into jobs growth

March 11, 2021

In partnership with the private sector, national government through the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), and youth employment accelerator Harambee the BPO sector has seen growth over the past year, with a growing pipeline of interested investors.


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Knowledge & Research

The Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator approach: growing the economy inclusively through ecosystem facilitation and sector intermediaries

March 11, 2021

A toolkit and case study for growing sectors inclusively.


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Memo to Silicon Valley: Here’s what “blitzscaling” looks like in the non-profit world

March 5, 2021

Stop asking us to follow in the footsteps of private sector unicorns. For us, impact at scale looks very different, write two non-profit CEOs.


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Burning Fiscus | We need more than a vaccine: Will SA get a shot in the arm for its job loss epidemic?

March 5, 2021

“What is necessary is to figure out what is effective, scaling up what works and taking a long and serious look at the interventions that aren’t working,” Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator CEO, Maryana Iskander, told Fin24 this week.


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Sankalp Summit 2021: Our Shared Impact Future

March 4, 2021

Maryana Iskander, CEO of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, participates in the Sankalp Africa Summit on Our Shared Impact Future.


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers March 2021

February 25, 2021


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Insights & Impact

Understanding systems change and addressing inequality

February 23, 2021

Insights > Impact is a monthly digest of the most insightful articles we’re reading. Time is scarce, so we’ve summarised the articles for you and shared our key takeaways – focussing on the pieces we found to be most relevant and actionable.


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Knowledge & Research

LinkedIn to Job Opportunities: Experimental Evidence from Job Readiness Training

February 9, 2021

This study explores the running of the first randomised evaluation of training work-seekers to join and use online professional networking platforms.


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Knowledge & Research

Siyakha Youth Assets Study: Developing Youth Assets for Employability

February 9, 2021

This study seeks to build evidence, based on what is already being implemented to address the challenge of what works in fostering better employment outcomes for young people who struggle to navigate labour market pathways.


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Tilting towards equality: Can nudges improve gender inclusion?

February 8, 2021

In the fight for greater gender equality and inclusion, governments, NGOs and other stakeholders are increasingly recognising the power of nudges to change human behaviour. The results are promising.


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Knowledge & Research

Job Search and Hiring with Two-sided Limited Information about Workseekers’ Skills

February 4, 2021

This study shows that assessing work-seekers’ skills in multiple domains, giving them the assessment results, and helping them to credibly share the results with firms increases their employment and earnings.


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Where is the Office?

January 28, 2021

Maryana Iskander, CEO of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, shares her perspective around adapting to new ways of work in Episode 3 of Echo Radio’s “Where is the office?”.


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Free training videos launched as part of safe back2work campaign

January 21, 2021

As thousands of South Africans return to work from the far reaches of the country and beyond, workplace safety takes the spotlight. Anticipating this need, the Return2Work Initiative has launched a range of punchy and accessible safe back2work videos.


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The social transformer

December 9, 2020

Harambee’s Marzanne Collins believes technology can play a significant part in solving youth unemployment.


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Harambee in the News

Covid-19: Education and labour market impact

December 3, 2020

At Harambee we are committed to keeping you safe, smart and kind. We’re producing a monthly digest of the most insightful articles on youth employment we’re reading, and have focused on the pieces we found to be most relevant and actionable. Time is scarce, so we’ve summarised the articles for you and shared our key takeaways.


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How a social compact is creating jobs in Gauteng

November 9, 2020

Job creation at scale is best achieved in growth sectors. The digital economy continues to grow despite the current global recession, and we need to find ways to harness the opportunities this presents.


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Digital economy: What kinds of jobs can help fuel economic recovery and growth?

November 4, 2020

At least 3 million jobs have been lost this year and labour market participation by young adults has dropped a staggering 12 percentage points to just below 16%. If job losses persist, we will have lost a decade’s worth of job growth in only six months.


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The Harambee Mapping of Digital and ICT Roles and Demand for South Africa Survey

November 3, 2020

Take a deep dive into the critical roles to support growth in the digital economy, as well as the size and nature of offshoring of digital demand outside of South Africa.


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Insights & Impact

The experience of South Africans during lockdown

October 28, 2020

At Harambee we are committed to keeping you safe, smart and kind. We’re producing a monthly digest of the most insightful articles on youth employment we’re reading, and have focused on the pieces we found to be most relevant and actionable. Time is scarce, so we’ve summarised the articles for you and shared our key takeaways.


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers November 2020

October 20, 2020


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“Side hustle” is not a swear word: How to make gigs work for young Africans

October 18, 2020

Across the African continent, the concept of a “side hustle” is not new. This article explores the informal ‘side’ work that young people engage in to make ends meet. Ir advocates that side hustles, given their increasing presence in lives (and economies) across the world, can no longer be relegated to the margins of institutional and regulatory systems.


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Emerging stronger from a crisis

October 12, 2020

Stanford Social Innovation Review includes Harambee as they share battle-tested insights that can help social enterprises increase their impact as they navigate severe crises like COVID-19.


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S4YE Knowledge Brief: How are youth employment programs adapting to COVID‒19?

October 8, 2020

The World Bank’s Solutions4Youth Employment (S4YE) publication featured Harambee in their recent Knowledge Brief; highlight different ways in which youth employment projects, like Harambee, are adapting their strategies and delivery models in response to COVID‒19.


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Insights & Impact

COVID-19 Economic Recovery Insights

September 28, 2020

At Harambee we are committed to keeping you safe, smart and kind. We’re producing a monthly digest of the most insightful articles on youth employment we’re reading, and have focused on the pieces we found to be most relevant and actionable. Time is scarce, so we’ve summarised the articles for you and shared our key takeaways.


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Social entrepreneurs are first responders to the COVID-19 crisis. This is why they need support

September 17, 2020

In the COVID-19 crisis, social innovators and entrepreneurs, like Harambee, have once again shown their capacity to act as first responders, bringing affordable healthcare to those in need, protecting jobs and providing emergency relief swiftly.


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When the Phone Rang, Harambee Answered – Over 1 Million Times: Partnering with Government in Complex and Uncertain Times

September 1, 2020

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with face-to-face services largely suspended, there was an unanticipated need to amplify government infrastructure through alternative channels that were accessible and affordable to its youth and other vulnerable citizens.


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August Women’s Month Insights

August 19, 2020

At Harambee we are committed to keeping you safe, smart and kind. We’re producing a monthly digest of the most insightful articles on youth employment we’re reading, and have focused on the pieces we found to be most relevant and actionable. Time is scarce, so we’ve summarised the articles for you and shared our key takeaways.


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A survey shows young women are bearing the brunt of Covid-19 unemployment

August 13, 2020

Of the three million job losses in South Africa as a result of Covid-19, two million were held by women. While the deck has always been stacked against women, Covid-19 exposes the staggering inequalities and barriers that women face in finding, and keeping, work.


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Woman who leads 40 engineers and developers explains why we should teach girls about tech bravery

August 12, 2020

Marzanne Collins is the chief information officer of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, here she talks about her love for analytics and her desire to see more women in technology.


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Eight top tips on scaling a social enterprise through mass disruption

August 12, 2020

Harambee’s Lebo Nke is featured alongside voices from leading social enterprises on how to navigate times of mass disruption.


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers August 2020

August 4, 2020


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Harambee in the News

The fight for access – digital and data light ways to connect those who are hard to reach

July 27, 2020

At Harambee we are committed to keeping you safe, smart and kind. We’re producing a monthly digest of the most insightful articles on youth employment we’re reading, and have focused on the pieces we found to be most relevant and actionable. Time is scarce, so we’ve summarised the articles for you and shared our key takeaways.


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‘Generation Unlimited’ expands digital learning and work skills opportunities for young people in South Africa

July 15, 2020

UNICEF, UNDP, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Future Africa at University of Pretoria, SuperSport Let’s Play, Afrika Tikkun join forces with young people to reimagine a better future post COVID-19.


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The Future of Work: 5 Lessons Ring True As Harambee Enters its 10th year

July 13, 2020

Accelerated by a global health pandemic, the “future of work” has arrived unannounced and before many were ready. To the paralysis of fear, these lessons offer the balm of action backed by evidence.


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Using data to power scale

July 9, 2020

Harambee recognised for embracing big data, small data, lean data, data privacy and machine learning trends to evolve around them at a rapid pace.


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Harambee partners with the Solidarity fund

July 6, 2020

Harambee has partnered with the Solidarity fund on the “Citizens in Solidarity” campaign. Aimed at board-based behaviour change across all sectors of society, the campaign encourages South Africans to unite and do their part to overcome the pandemic we’re facing.


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6 Lessons Learned Moving from In-Person to Mobile Learning

June 30, 2020

Sometimes you set your own audacious goal and sometimes your hand is forced by a once-in-a-100-year pandemic.


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Six Innovators Pivoting to Face COVID-19

June 26, 2020

USAID Development Innovation Ventures showcase Harambee’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown alongside other organisations from across the world who are working hard to pivot and create impact during this global crisis.


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Falling Through the Cracks – SMES & Informal Workers

June 19, 2020

At Harambee we are committed to keeping you safe, smart and kind. We’re producing a monthly digest of the most insightful articles on youth employment we’re reading, and have focused on the pieces we found to be most relevant and actionable. Time is scarce, so we’ve summarised the articles for you and shared our key takeaways.


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Lift up young people’s voices: Tuzatsinda

June 11, 2020

Harambee Rwanda, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Rwanda Development Board and Kigali Employment Service Centre, launched the youth-focused Tuzatsinda campaign in April 2020.


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Prospects of work for the lockdown generation

June 9, 2020

We must act to keep young people from falling further into poverty and being permanently locked out of the economy.


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers June 2020

June 5, 2020


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Return2Work: Help to re-open your business safely and legally

May 26, 2020

Return2Work.co.za is an online tool to help businesses of all sizes re-open safely and legally, and to stay open.


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Increasing digital platform use to help youth find work

May 19, 2020

We explore platform use in developing economies and present new data on a low-cost, successful way to teach youth how to use these platforms.


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Young people are telling us what they need, we have to listen

May 8, 2020

Youth on the world’s youngest continent have something to say during the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis: “Don’t just talk at us, talk with us and listen to what we need.”


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Funzi mobile learning course to adapt and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic

May 7, 2020

A case study on Harambee’s collaboration with Funzi, mentioning the partnership as one of the success factors in giving South Africa a head start on addressing misinformation at a community level.


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2020 World changing ideas competition cites Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

April 29, 2020

Fast Company cites innovation of Harambee’s free platform for youth, which is now also supporting response efforts for COVID-19.


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United Nations partner to launch data-lite mobile Covid learning program

April 8, 2020

COVID-19: Adapt and Thrive, a data-lite, mobile education program that launched this week in South Africa will be scaled across the continent by the United Nations.


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Halting human contact: how social enterprises are rethinking their business models during Covid-19

April 3, 2020

What does the COVID-19 lockdown mean for social enterprises that usually work directly with vulnerable people and rely on face-to-face communication?


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Harambee’s 5 Days, 5 Surprises

March 23, 2020

Last week, Harambee launched our top 10 actions in response to COVID-19 guided by three simple rules to Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Kind. In 5 days, we learned from 5 surprises:


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Hearing from Harambee: Our Top 10 Actions for COVID-19

March 15, 2020

As the global response to COVID-19 accelerates, Harambee is being guided by the simple rules of Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Kind and here are 10 actions we are taking.


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International Women's Day

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Women who work for work; a real International Women’s Day celebration

March 8, 2020

Even with an increased focus on legislation and diversity in the workplace, there are still significant differences in women’s and men’s ability to access economic opportunities.


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Cyril Ramaphosa is on the right track with youth unemployment

February 25, 2020

The government is listening to the experts on how to better prepare young people for the job market.


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Tracey Swart

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Youth employment in KZN gets a boost with appointment of new leadership at Harambee

February 24, 2020

Tracey Swart, highly respected business leader with more than 20 years of experience, has joined Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator to assume leadership of the KZN business development team.


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How can we get more young people working?

February 12, 2020

We urgently need new ways of moving young people along non-linear, zig-zagging and increasingly short-term journeys from school to work. 


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers February 2020

February 10, 2020


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Breaking Barriers October 2019

November 5, 2019


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We must equip young people to bounce back into work

November 4, 2019

Harambee in the News

What does nail polish and weightlifting have to do with inclusion?

November 4, 2019

Harambee in the News

How 18 minutes changed a life, the power of empathy

November 4, 2019

Insights & Impact

LinkedIn to Job Opportunities: Experimental Evidence from Job Training in South Africa

September 20, 2019

Breaking Barriers

BREAKING BARRIERS AUGUST 2019

September 15, 2019


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5 lessons about evolving talent to drive impact at scale

September 15, 2019

Harambee in the News

Reduce gender penalties to level the playing field for jobs

September 15, 2019

National Women’s Day (9 August) celebrates the courageous women of 1956 who fought for equality and freedom in South Africa. While progress has …


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New funding to grow jobs and work experiences for work-seekers

September 15, 2019

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and LGT Venture Philanthropy have entered into a partnership that will support Harambee’s …


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers May 2019

July 23, 2019


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Social impact bonds addressing youth unemployment

July 23, 2019

SME

The Kasinomic Entreprevolution

June 24, 2019

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It’s all about employability

June 3, 2019

Insights & Impact

Harambee wins the 2019 Conscious Companies Award

May 27, 2019

SME

Why ‘signals’ can matter as much as skills in youth employment

May 15, 2019

Insights & Impact

Helping young people engage with opportunities outside of the formal sector

May 15, 2019

Harambee in the News

High unemployment is a symptom of South Africa’s economic malaise

April 26, 2019

Insights & Impact

Accelerating english through binge watching

April 5, 2019

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Harambee wins the 2019 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 

April 1, 2019

The Skoll Foundation announced today that Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator has received the 2019 Skoll Award…


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SME

Think you’re too small to become a top employer? Think again!

March 14, 2019

Becoming an employer of choice is not only for large companies and corporations, nor is it as unattainable as you might…


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Driving inclusive economic participation

March 1, 2019

The Premier’s Service Excellence Awards that took place on 28 February 2019 recognise dynamic, high impact, responsive…


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Insights & Impact

The cost of looking for work

March 1, 2019

We took a peek at the ITU’s (International Telecommunication Union – an agency of the UN) comparative price basket for a…


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Insights & Impact

Getting to the meat of it – a demand for butchers

February 26, 2019

Strange but true; there’s a demand in South African for butchers. This scarcity is in part driven by the high cost of a year-long…


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Harambee disrupts South African BPO using impact sourcing

February 14, 2019

Momentum around South Africa’s outsourcing sector continues in 2019, with that country’s BPO stakeholders charging…


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers Feb 2019

February 10, 2019


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Will AI be put to work for humankind – or will it be the other way around?

February 5, 2019

It’s an overcast winter morning in Amsterdam and journalists from around the world are being herded into the Google…


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Changing the System in 2019!

January 24, 2019

Happy New Year from Harambee! As we gear up for the year ahead, we thank you for being on the journey of scale-up with us…


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Partnership to equip 5,000 youth with digital skills

January 24, 2019

Key stakeholders in SA’s digital industries have partnered to create employment for youths. The organisations include…


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers November 2018

November 23, 2018


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10 steps to get young people working

October 28, 2018

The summit, Accelerating Inclusive Youth Employment, which was hosted by Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator at…


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We need to give youth a better deal in terms of jobs

October 22, 2018

In a special message delivered on his behalf at the Accelerating Inclusive Youth Employment conference in Cape Town on…


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7 ways to get young people working

October 4, 2018

These seven insights are drawn from Breaking Barriers, a quarterly analysis that draws on data gained from our engagement…


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers August 2018

August 24, 2018


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Harambee is developing an alternative ‘Pathwaying Platform’

August 10, 2018

In April, the annual Skoll World Forum brought together social entrepreneurs from around the world to discuss topics…


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Google highlights our use of big data to solve youth unemployment

July 27, 2018

On 25 July, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator was one of only two organisations featured on stage at the Google…


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Three learnings for Harambee’s Lean Impact Pilot

July 25, 2018

“We shifted our processes to focus on assessments that include – not exclude – and worked with employers to change their…


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Harambee a ‘dating service’ that gets young South Africans into work

July 17, 2018

Johannesburg – A few years ago, Thabo Ngwato’s job prospects looked bleak…


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers May 2018

May 24, 2018


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Global recognition for Harambee Contact Centre

May 1, 2018

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator has been named a global trailblazer in customer experience innovation, receiving the…


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SME

Successfully bringing entry-level staff into an SME

March 15, 2018

Small and medium businesses play an increasingly important role in improving the employment prospects of South Africa’s youth…


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers February 2018

February 24, 2018


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Breaking Barriers September 2017

November 24, 2017


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