Skills and Work

We have piloted a ground breaking approach to developing economic research skills for young people.

Through this approach we have trained unemployed graduates and secondary school leavers to undertake economic development research. Our efforts were rewarded with a nomination for the 2015 3S Global Sourcing Council Impact Sourcing Award. This nomination was in recognition of our efforts to create skills and employment which was seen as an exceptional example for others to follow.

Impact Sourcing

Harvard Business Review – December 2012

What’s the best way to help the world’s poor? The answer may not be giving them more aid. What people need to break the cycle of poverty is work. A small but growing industry known as “impact sourcing” is addressing that need head-on by hiring people at the bottom of the pyramid to perform digital tasks such as transcribing audio files and editing product databases. Essentially, its business process outsourcing aimed at boosting economic development.

Impact sourcing is not unlike micro-financing: It aspires to create meaningful work for and put money in the pockets of the people who need it most. And because it connects new workers—often those who’ve been marginalized, such as Muslim women in Calcutta—to the global supply chain and addresses real needs of first-world companies, it could quickly reach a large scale. 


Programme Launch

We're testing the potential for expanding the approach by inviting young female graduates in our five pilot locations to apply for the skills programme.

Candidates will apply on-line and selected participants will produce research projects for either small businesses or governments and development organisations.  These projects will be assessed and selected candidates will be included in our on-line jobs site for selection by clients/employers.

Employers will select candidates to undertake practical research skills roles and continue to access our on-line skills programmes to undertake: 

  • market research, researching new products and services
  • marketing, including social media marketing
  • identifying and assisting with setting up collaborations, experts, markets and funding.

This means that young people can participate in a very different kind of learning: it is practical, professional and linked to real world challenges and solutions that small businesses and governments face.

Participants will be paid expenses while they participate in the six week programme.  This is an exciting opportunity and we're looking for motivated and committed young people who can help to demonstrate and promote the benefits of this initiative.

Honourable Minister of Education, Botswana

Our Pilot Phase

From 2013-2015 we ran five pilot programmes to test and refine our approach to training young people in research skills. These pilot programmes took place with teams of young people in Nigeria and Botswana.

The teams were trained and supported to undertake research projects on

  • the reasons why economies are growing and not creating sufficient jobs
  • identifying new business ideas and models that would be suitable for young people
  • an assessment of Botswana's tourism industry
  • an assessment of government budget information in Nigeria and the UK.

In addition in Botswana the team organised a series of focus group sessions with young people to discuss the challenges they face and propose practical solutions, and presented our research services at an event with the Ministry of Education.


What We Have Achieved

Our Trainees