Penny Foley

Chief Community Partnerships Officer

Penny Foley is Chief Community Partnerships Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. She brings three decades of experience in youth development, employment creation, human rights, and working with civil society organisations to increase their impact. After ensuring that National Youth Service policy was translated into programmes for youth at Umsbomvu Youth Fund, Penny then spent 7 years as a director of Shisaka Development Management working on projects within the public sector with a primary focus on community works programmes. Penny holds a master’s degree in international development studies from Deakin University as well as a Diploma of Education and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.

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Harambee in the News

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator enters its second decade with planned CEO transition

14 Sep 2021

Harambee has announced the appointment of Group Finance Director Kasthuri Soni as its next Chief Executive Officer. Soni will assume the role in January 2022 from current CEO Maryana Iskander, who is entering her tenth year at Harambee.


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South Africa needs a national, co-ordinated plan of action to create jobs for youth

Harambee in the News

South Africa needs a national, co-ordinated plan of action to create jobs for youth

08 Sep 2021

To turn SA’s youth unemployment crisis around, we need to believe in young people’s potential, but also come up with a concrete, inclusive action plan.


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Employment intervention: How to keep young women from being left further behind

26 Aug 2021

To build resilience in young women’s employment, we must help them get resilient jobs. This means focusing employment interventions on growth sectors that already employ large numbers of women and dismantling the barriers that lock women out of other well-paid, secure sectors of the economy.


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