Awards and Recognition

IkamvaYouth has regularly been nominated and received awards and recognition for the work we do:


2015: Included in Fundacion Telefonica's Top 100 Educational Innovations

2014:  Received a scholarship for the GSBI Accelerator program.

2013: Co-founder Joy Olivier awarded an Ashoka Fellowship and winner of Civil Society Category: SA's Most Influential Women in Business and Government. Gauteng District Coordinator Patrick Mashanda featured in the M&G's Top 200 Young South Africans. The organisation won the STARS Impact Award in the education category and was selected to present at the EMASA conference where the organisation was acknowledged for its significant impact in education. 

One of the first 130 organisations to be featured on the Centre for Education Innovations (CEI) portal

2012: First organisation in Africa to make the World Blu List of the World's Most Democratic Workplaces

2 ikamvanites featured in the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans and national coordinator Zamo Shongwe is featured in the M&G's Book of South African Women 

2011: 3 ikamvanites featured in the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans and founder Joy Olivier is a finalist for the Shoprite / Checkers Women of the Year Award and featured in the M&G's Book of South African Women

2010: Winner in the civil society category of the prestigious Mail & Guardian and Southern African Trust's "Drivers of Change" Award. Click here.

2009: Finalist in the Ashoka Changemaker's 'Champions of Quality Education in Africa' Award sponsored by Ashoka and the Hewlett Foundation.           

Commendation from the International Youth Foundation as 1 of 20 Social Entrepreneurial projects from around the world worthy of special mention (January 2009).

2008: Winner of the Youth ActionNet Fellowship Award.

2006: Top 30 Development Gateway

           Global Junior Challenge Winner

   Nazeema Isaacs Library, the home of IkamvaYouth's first branch, was awarded the Age of Hope Trophy for being the most-involved community library. 

2005: GKP/WSIS Youth and ICT Award

          Selected as one of 20 social enterprises for sponsored participation in the Global Social Benefit Incubator