1 April 2019, PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA. The Skoll Foundation announced today that Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator has received the 2019 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. 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 prob­lems. It is a select hon­our that has only been giv­en to about 100 organ­i­sa­tions glob­al­ly since its incep­tion. This news comes ahead of the Skoll World Forum being held next week in Oxford, England.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa con­grat­u­lat­ed the team at Harambee, say­ing “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 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.”

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 founder Nicola Galombik, said, “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.”