Wed. May 27th, 2020

South African NPO wins 2019 Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship

The winner is a non-profit social enterprise that aims to solve the global youth unemployment challenge.

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At the beginning of the week, it was announced that The Skoll Foundation had selected Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator as the recipient of the 2019 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

About the Skoll Award

Founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeff Skoll, this prestigious
award recognises change agents whose
innovations have had significant, proven impact on the world’s most pressing

It is a select honour that has only been given to
about 100 organisations globally since its inception. 

Founder of Harambee, Nicola Galombik says, “Yellowwoods and its businesses are proud to have incubated Harambee as a catalyst for significant change. National Treasury’s Jobs Fund, our founding government partner, then enabled us to scale up the model. And we are excited by what the Skoll Award means for Harambee’s future growth and impact.” 

The Harambee team

President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulated the team at Harambee.

He said, “We are proud of the work Harambee and its partners have done to build solutions that address our youth unemployment challenge.

The Skoll Award recognises that Harambee’s innovative model to pathway young people is leading-edge and an African solution to one of the world’s most pressing problems.”

Harambee has partnered with over 500
African businesses to provide more than 100,000 jobs and work experiences to
unemployed youth in South Africa and Rwanda. It has done this through
innovative initiatives to grow new jobs, an award-winning Pathway Manager
adopted at South Africa’s Presidential Jobs Summit, and a social impact bond to
drive inclusive hiring.

Harambee CEO Maryana Iskander added, “We have worked with the private sector and government to deliver results that are changing individual lives and also changing systems. We share this recognition with our community of partners, and also with Harambee’s network of 500,000 work-seekers who teach us every day what more is needed to solve youth unemployment.”

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