Sharmi is the Chief Impact Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a social enterprise building solutions for youth unemployment in the African context. She is also the founder of Making Caring Count. She is a fierce advocate for opportunity and social justice for young people and women across Africa, and is experienced in human capital management, education, and in facilitating links to employment in Africa, India, and the U.S. Sharmi is an Aspen African Leadership Initiative Fellow, Class of 2020 and an RSA Fellow.

She reflects on the journey of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator to becoming a national platform and highlights systems change thinking and scale that have informed their work from the very beginning as well as been vital to their impact.

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Harambee in the News

Inclusive Employment for South African Youth: Lessons from Harambee

06 Dec 2021

In this CID Harvard Speaker Series session, Harambee and its key research partners share lessons from 10 years of impact and partnership with government, business, and civil society to achieve practical and scalable impact.


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Harambee in the News

Public employment: greening South Africa’s jobs deserts

01 Dec 2021

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Statistics reminds us just how bad youth unemployment is — and why investments such as the Basic Education Employment Intervention (BEEI) are so valuable for their capacity to create youth employment at speed and scale, enabling over half a million pathways for youth across South Africa.


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DigiLink’s skills programme adds more youth to tech economy

24 Nov 2021

The first cohort of digitally-skilled youth have graduated as part of the digital training and mentoring programme introduced by Cape Town-based incubator DigiLink.


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