Approximately 200 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are between the ages of 15 and 24. According to the World Bank, African youth comprise 60 percent of those who are unemployed, which is a major barrier to the region’s continued economic growth. By 2050, sub-Saharan Africa will surpass China and India as the world’s largest and youngest workforce. However, a troubling lack of investment in the training of this workforce, particularly women, could greatly impact the projected growth and performance of economies throughout Africa.
For the last 45 years, OIC International has been on the frontlines of the effort to fully develop Africa’s workforce through quality and market driven workforce development training and job placement. Their mission is to alleviate poverty through developing a trained and employable workforce with skills to work in many of the key and critical core focus sectors.
Customer service / retail
Vocational Training (construction trade and infrastructure; auto repairs; hospitality management; fashion design; office administration)
Workforce Development is the key to this future. OIC International, in partnership with some of the largest corporations in the world is making this dream a reality.
Their mission is to alleviate poverty by building self-reliance through workforce development.
Their vision is to lead the way in creating self-reliant communities comprised of empowered and engaged individuals who improve their quality of life and alleviate poverty.
Their founder, Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, was a civil rights activist, human rights advocate, and global influencer who made history as the first African American director of a major corporation when he took a seat on the board of General Motors in 1971. He developed the Global Sullivan Principles to support social and political justice in apartheid South Africa, and believed in the power of the individual to lift himself out of poverty if provided the opportunity to make a decent living.
The main tenets of our organizational philosophy are:
Self-help: They believe in empowering individuals, institutions and communities through the transfer of knowledge and skills.
Capacity building: Their programs enable their beneficiaries to become productive members of their communities through the provision of life, job and business skills.
Social enterprise: Their programs are community-based and market driven to ensure that they meet community needs and are fiscally responsible.
Partnership: They believe that development is a communal effort and that only through effective cooperation will the needs of the developing world be met. In this spirit, they have a proud history of welcoming international, national, regional and local partners in all their work.
This philosophy is based upon their founder, Dr. Leon H. Sullivan’s, principles, also known as the Global Sullivan principles. Used to help establish an ethical code of conduct for businesses to operate, they have been adopted by numerous corporations since 1999.