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

The top 4 programmes unlocking youth potential

18 May 2022

South Africa has a record high unemployment rate for job seekers between the ages of 15 to 24. On a positive note, this month’s edition of Public Sector Leaders, takes a look at public-private partnerships that assist in creating job opportunities in South Africa, especially for the youth.


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Harambee podcast interview with Sherrie Donaldson

10 May 2022

Man in the Van has a conversation with Sherrie Donaldson of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, to find out more about this organisation and the important role that it plays in not only preparing youth for the workplace, but also assisting both job seekers and employers to connect with each other.


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How a Leadership Base Camp builds young artisans’ soft skills to help them succeed at work

26 Apr 2022

Many young South Africans lack the essential “soft” skills to succeed in the workplace, despite having the appropriate training and eagerness to work. But a Leadership Base Camp designed and developed by Harambee education partner, BluLever Education is changing all that.


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