Work We Love: Harambee wins 2019 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

About the Skoll Awards

The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders whose organizations disrupt the status quo, drive sustainable large-scale change, and are poised to create even greater impact.

“These brave entrepreneurs are on the frontlines of solving the world’s most pressing problems,” said Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation. “Each social entrepreneur may have a distinct approach, but they all share a relentless pursuit of impact and the desire to create a more just world.”

“These leaders have demonstrated how to spark transformative change to improve health, protect vulnerable individuals, and provide new opportunities for young people,” said Richard Fahey, Interim President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. “We are thrilled to welcome these passionate problem solvers into the Skoll community.”

Source: Skoll

Harambee  Youth Employment Accelerator confronts South Africa’s youth unemployment crisis—among the world’s highest—with its innovative job training methodology, business partnerships, and opportunity matching.

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator builds scalable solutions for the youth labor market across the formal and informal economy. Its matching tools and real-world training methodology help employers quickly and reliably gauge work-readiness and increase retention. Its high-tech “pathwaying platform” connects job seekers with opportunities developed through partnerships with businesses—whether behind a counter at Nando’s or at a desk at Deloitte.  Source: Skoll Website

The other winners are:

Crisis Text Line has built a 24/7 mental health support service that reaches underserved demographics. It leverages its data to catalyze a more effective, cohesive mental health system.

mPedigree fights drug and agricultural seed counterfeiting with a product identification marker that consumers use to determine authenticity immediately with a mobile phone.

mPharma fixes the broken drug supply chain in Africa to make medicine accessible and affordable by eliminating the inefficiencies and price fluctuations that keep drugs from sick people.

Thorn defends children from sexual abuse, scouring web data, publicly available classified ads, and online forum data with smart algorithms to help law enforcement find child victims.

Skoll has produced a video for each of the winners. Check it out here Well worth your time!

Each is an example of addressing important social issues, and demonstrate the power of using emerging technologies to solve these problems, as well as being case studies in developing partnerships with key stakeholders, whether it be local communities, businesses or government to fulfil their primary visions.