Solving youth unemployment through partnerships.


Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is a not-for-profit social enterprise that works with partners to find solutions for the challenge of youth unemployment. Our partners who, like us, are committed to results that can work at scale – include government, the private sector, civil society, and over 3.8 million youth. We are working to unlock jobs and break down the barriers that keep millions of young South Africans unemployed. Our vision is of a growing economy and a society that works, powered by the potential of young people.

Harambee is an anchor partner in a breakthrough platform called SA Youth which brings together many partners to create a single national network to allow young people to access a wide selection of jobs and skilling opportunities, and for opportunity holders to access young engaged work-seekers – for free!

3.8 million

work-seekers supported

1.2 million

opportunities enabled for work-seekers

1 386

employer partners

R23.6 billion

income for youth

Updated 23 March 2024



Sharmi Surianarain discusses the “Right to Work or not to Work” on “Beyond a Declaration – What Rights Can Do” with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

In Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the right to work is clearly declared. It encompasses free choice of employment, just and favorable conditions, and protection against unemployment. But do these rights truly manifest in people’s lives? If not, how can we bridge the gap between declaration and reality?

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Jobtech could help provide work for South Africa’s young people

In a recent landscape review of jobtech platforms in South Africa, the Jobtech Alliance discovered that the country leads both in the number of jobtech platforms and the number of users across Africa. As of 2021, an estimated 3.9 million gig workers were active in South Africa, indicating significant potential for jobtech platforms to provide employment opportunities, especially for the youth.

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Every single day, thousands of lives are impacted by the work of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator.

Harambee has contributed to enabling inclusive growth, resilient cities, and sustainable economies in the partnerships that it built with business and government

Harambee has provided cutting edge insights - globally - on the barriers facing young people and what is needed to break them down

Harambee's work has created the leading example in nation-building by business, civil society and government.