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

13 Jul 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.

Using data to power scale

09 Jul 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.

Harambee partners with the Solidarity fund

06 Jul 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.

6 Lessons Learned Moving from In-Person to Mobile Learning

30 Jun 2020

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

Six Innovators Pivoting to Face COVID-19

26 Jun 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.

Falling Through the Cracks – SMES & Informal Workers

19 Jun 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.

Lift up young people’s voices: Tuzatsinda

11 Jun 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.

Prospects of work for the lockdown generation

09 Jun 2020

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

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

26 May 2020 is an online tool to help businesses of all sizes re-open safely and legally, and to stay open.

Increasing digital platform use to help youth find work

19 May 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.

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

08 May 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.”

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

07 May 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.

2020 World changing ideas competition cites Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

29 Apr 2020

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

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

08 Apr 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.

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

03 Apr 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?

Harambee’s 5 Days, 5 Surprises

23 Mar 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:

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

15 Mar 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.

International Women's Day

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

08 Mar 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.

Cyril Ramaphosa is on the right track with youth unemployment

25 Feb 2020

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

Tracey Swart

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

24 Feb 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.

How can we get more young people working?

12 Feb 2020

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

We must equip young people to bounce back into work

04 Nov 2019

Conventional wisdom assumes that if a young person can just get a first job, they will stay in work. Recent research shows this…
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What does nail polish and weightlifting have to do with inclusion?

‘If you can just get more skills, you’ll have a leg up on opportunity.’ This familiar promise is not holding true for a…
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How 18 minutes changed a life, the power of empathy

The employment conditions in South Africa are bleak. So bleak, in fact, that there’s an overall unemployment rate of 27%. That rate hits…
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LinkedIn to Job Opportunities: Experimental Evidence from Job Training in South Africa

20 Sep 2019

In 2016, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner shot videos like this to present his company’s ambitious vision for a global “Economic Graph” mapping every worker, company,…
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15 Sep 2019

5 lessons about evolving talent to drive impact at scale

The road to impact at scale is a nonlinear, complicated one! This just released report from Scaling Pathways, a partnership between the Skoll Foundation, USAID,…
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Reduce gender penalties to level the playing field for jobs

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

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

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

Breaking Barriers May 2019

23 Jul 2019

Social impact bonds addressing youth unemployment

In the nascent impact bonds market, employment is one of the most popular sectors, representing nearly a third of the deals contracted globally. After…
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The Kasinomic Entreprevolution

24 Jun 2019

Unemployment has been declared a national crisis in South Africa. Half of the countries youth are unemployed. Can entrepreneurship provide the answer? The…
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It’s all about employability

03 Jun 2019

The numbers released last month by Stats SA remind us that we have an unemployment crisis in South Africa, especially among youngsters. More…
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Harambee wins the 2019 Conscious Companies Award

27 May 2019

In celebrating South Africa’s visionary companies and leaders committed to business as a force for good, Harambee received the 2019 Conscious Companies award…
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Why ‘signals’ can matter as much as skills in youth employment

15 May 2019

It’s the same story time after time. Employers report not being able to find the right talent because of a lack of skills…
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Helping young people engage with opportunities outside of the formal sector

At 54%, South Africa has the highest youth unemployment rate in the world. At the forefront of this battle is Harambee Youth Employment…
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High unemployment is a symptom of South Africa’s economic malaise

26 Apr 2019

After leaving school in 2006 Delvia Mbalati spent the next 12 years looking for a job. Her search took her from her village in…
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Accelerating english through binge watching

05 Apr 2019

“One language is poverty,” Annah told us. “Two languages is wealth,” she said, breaking into a smile. For a young woman who has…
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Harambee wins the 2019 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 

01 Apr 2019

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

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

14 Mar 2019

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

Driving inclusive economic participation

01 Mar 2019

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

The cost of looking for work

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

Getting to the meat of it – a demand for butchers

26 Feb 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…

Harambee disrupts South African BPO using impact sourcing

14 Feb 2019

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

Breaking Barriers Feb 2019

10 Feb 2019

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

05 Feb 2019

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

Changing the System in 2019!

24 Jan 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…

Partnership to equip 5,000 youth with digital skills

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

Breaking Barriers November 2018

23 Nov 2018

10 steps to get young people working

28 Oct 2018

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

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

22 Oct 2018

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

7 ways to get young people working

04 Oct 2018

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

Breaking Barriers August 2018

24 Aug 2018

Harambee is developing an alternative ‘Pathwaying Platform’

10 Aug 2018

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

Google highlights our use of big data to solve youth unemployment

27 Jul 2018

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

Three learnings for Harambee’s Lean Impact Pilot

25 Jul 2018

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

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

17 Jul 2018

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

7th ‘most favourite’ brand in South Africa amongst low-income earners.

15 Jul 2018

Nominated for the 2018 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.


Breaking Barriers May 2018

24 May 2018

Global recognition for Harambee Contact Centre

01 May 2018

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

Successfully bringing entry-level staff into an SME

15 Mar 2018

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

Breaking Barriers February 2018

24 Feb 2018

Breaking Barriers September 2017

24 Nov 2017

The art of recruitment for small businesses

09 Oct 2017

Many small business owners feel daunted at the prospect of hiring new staff, and with valid reasons…

Sisters are doing it for Barloworld Equipment

14 Aug 2017

“It’s not easy being a woman in a male dominated world but we are definitely going to make it!” This is the declaration of Mbali Dlalani…

Global Centre for Youth Employment Ideathon award

01 Jun 2017

From an open competition that saw 200 online submissions from 25 countries, 16 innovative ideas were selected by a panel…

Partnering with KFC to overcome barriers to youth unemployment

01 Sep 2016

KFC has been one of our anchor employers since 2014, with us providing candidates for team member roles such as kitchen workers…

Nomination for the Aspen Institute’s John P. McNulty Prize.

15 Sep 2015

This prize aims to galvanize efforts to address social, economic and political challenges by recognizing the very best in high…


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