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Helping young people engage with opportunities outside of the formal sector

15th May 2019

At 54%, South Africa has the highest youth unemployment rate in the world. At the forefront of this battle is Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a not-for-profit organisation that finds jobs for young people across South Africa. 

Rob Urquhart, Head of Knowledge and Research at Harambee, explains that 1 out of every 2 young people is unemployed. “Organisations like Harambee, and other organisations that work with young people, play a critical role in helping youth access employment opportunities… outside of the formal sector.”

According to the National Development Plan, by 2030, 90% of new jobs will be created by small business. This is where the opportunity lies. And Africa needs partnerships in order to unlock this potential.

This video insert appeared in the BBC World News Africa Rise and Shine report on the BBC Africa channel (2 May 2019). 

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