Menu

OUR STORY

In 2009-2010, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator was designed to be a solution that could tackle youth unemployment through partnerships and at scale. Incubated in 2011 by Yellowwoods, Harambee established its proof of concept with a group of 5 founding employers and 40 young people.

Harambee is an independent, not-for-profit social enterprise that works with individual businesses, government agencies, local and international donors, industry sector associations, youth-serving organisations, assessment specialists, behaviour change experts and technology providers. Through research and delivery, we contribute knowledge and insights nationally and globally about what is working to solve youth unemployment.

THE CHALLENGE:

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
IN SOUTH AFRICA

01

The youth unemployment rate is double that of the adult unemployment (24% vs 48%)

55M

million people in SA

63%

of South Africans are under 35

36%

broad unemployment
in SA

02

Unemployment % by education level

56%

Non-Matriculants

46%

Matriculants

35%

Diplomates

15%

Graduates

03

1.1 Million youth enter the labour market each year through education and migration

6%

enter formal employment

8%

enter informal employment

29%

become discouraged workers

35%

become unemployed work-seekers

21%

study further

OUR HISTORY

  1. 2011

    Harambee designs a pilot solution for 3 of its founding employers including Hollard, Clientele and Telesure. The first 40 candidates are successfully placed into first jobs. Harambee now has a proof of concept to share with the market. A target of 10,000 jobs is set.
    Successfully placed
    youths in 2011

    40

  2. 2012

    By the end of the first year, Harambee has formed a public-private partnership and placed 750 unemployed youth into jobs with 6 more employers including Nando's, Direct Axis, Merchants, Liberty, Discovery and Standard Bank.
    Successfully placed
    youths in 2012

    750

  3. Feb'14

    By the beginning of 2014, Harambee reaches the half-way mark of its first big scale-up having placed 5,000 candidates into a first job with a growing network of over 100 private sector employers.
    Successfully placed
    youths in 2014

    5,000

  4. Oct'14

    Six months later (and ahead of schedule), Harambee reaches its scale-up target of 10,000 jobs through a network of 200 employer partners and begins sharing its research and insights across the public, private and social sectors.
    Successfully placed
    youths in 2015

    10,000

  5. 2017

    Harambee grows its reach across the economy and across geographies, each year enabling more than 10,000 youth to find their first job – through a network of 400 employers, multiple government partnerships, and global contributions to the youth unemployment crisis.
    Successfully placed
    youths in 2017

    45,000

  6. 2022

    Harambee sets ambitious targets for its next phase of scale up – to support 1.5 million work-seekers with proven employability benefits and 500,000 securing an opportunity by 2022.
    Successfully placed
    youths in 2022

    500K

If a young South African can get and keep a first job for 12 months or more, they have a much greater chance of staying employed for the rest of their lives.

OUR
PARTNERS

OUR TEAM