Employ Africa

Employ Africa: A working Africa is a working Africa!

Bulawayo, ZimbabweWashington, United States
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< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

A youth focused staffing agency meets the dispatch capabilities of Uber! Creating a platform that connects employers and employees across various job markets in Africa having already vetted both to ensure the closest to a perfect match!

About Project

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Putting a geo-location based map with our pool of potential employees who are already screened for availability, interest and skills, we will dispatch using basic mobile technology, opportunities to them allowing for a certain window of response time to it. A response and getting hired, takes an employee off the map for the duration of the job they are working, but stay populated with those available. We are looking to have a fully populated African map because a working Africa is a working Africa!

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Like a staffing agency, businesses and organizations looking to hire talent of whatever skill or interest would be looking to Employ Africa to guarantee the verification of commitment & qualification of the candidates they hire. Part of those services are what companies would pay for and that is what will be used for skills development workshops and services to our pool of employees & youth looking for job security. The project is lean by design.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Although there are a few, namely 1task1job and My Bizz is Your Bizz, that are addressing the same challenge, I have not yet seen the concept for how Employ Africa is going about it. What distinguishes Employ Africa isn't WHAT it's addressing, but in the HOW.

Founding Story

I was raised most of my life in Africa. In 5 different countries in the north, east, west and south of the continent. I came to America to finish high school and eventually proceeded to college and the work place. With my passions, experience and education, the job market was a tough one to enter. I eventually chose the staffing agency route and the decisions I made there in the interviewing phase are what led to where I ended up being places and being perfectly positioned to transition into being hired full time. I moved back to Zimbabwe earlier in 2013 for 6 months met youth constantly complaining about not unemployment. I also met local business owners complain about not know where to find talent. Voila - putting the 2 together!
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Organization Country

United States, DC, Washington

Country where this project is creating social impact

Zimbabwe, Bulawayo

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?
Tell us about your partnerships

- Career development centers at various African universities
- small business owners
- corporations
- MTN/Econet/Telecel as platforms for the technology required for the dispatch capabilities of Employ Africa
- local internet cafes [because they are popular hangouts for progressive conversations and a home for youth who want to mentally stimulated while waiting for opportunities that are a source of job security]
-Induna magazine which is a successful diaspora returnee and recently launched online/mobile magazine directly addressing issues that face youth/women and it would be a great platform for reaching out on topics about youth employment

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

- Geography - not being in Zimbabwe myself until December
- getting youth to understand that job security, no matter their background/skills, is within their reach if they want it to be

- creating a culture of sustainability in job markets that engage youth

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Employ Africa would enable youth to plan life around their employment opportunities by being informed and active agents in their own job security vs. being victims of the insecurity which has been characteristic of various job markets across Africa. It would also enable actively employed or unemployed (whichever of the 3 types) to always be engaged in job skills and career development/enrichment activities.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17, 18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Search, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Training/Skill Development, Products or Services.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?


Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

Not Applicable - yet! (we are at the idea stage or start-up)

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Strengthen Job-Matching Services: help those who prepare, match, and link job seekers with opportunities to grow

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Job creation lacks adequate coordination between the government, private sector and development organizations


Bandile Dlabantu's picture

Sawubona Nosiviwe , have you looked at expanding the impact of your program through creation of entrepreneurial program?


Wow, this is amazing and its the way to go in trying to curb the sky-rocketing unemployment rates in Africa