There are increasing opportunities to engage the untapped labor market in Uganda and Rwanda to address the challenges that both West and East African companies face in hiring local human capital. Finding well-trained people with basic skills is a significant obstacle for growth. Hiring local workers into fair paying jobs is a critical step in helping countries like Uganda move people out of poverty. Workforce development, when done correctly is both sustainable and results in high social impact.
GLI is creating workforce development initiative with Sanders Family Philanthropic Foundation to train and employ entry level Ugandans so they may gain access to fair paying, sustainable jobs that have a social impact both on the individual and their respective community. Much of the work is targeting women, ensuring that fair hiring opportunities exist to train and hire single mothers among emerging female leaders into occupations and industries that are male-dominated.
In 5-7 years, the GLI hopes to be one of the leading community development organizations as it relates to international workforce development. Through collaborative and strategic partnerships involving the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including a host of academic partners from around the world, GLI leverages resources in a smart, and sustainable way. As the program evolves, GLI will work to ensure companies who hire these persons are providing employees with the necessary support to demonstrate a measurable social impact, both individually as it relates to their own health indicators, and for the community.
GLI will also leverage a unique partnership with Staffable Africa, a for-profit recruiting company targeting SMEs and social impact companies, to link trainings to smart, long-term job opportunities.