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The power of youth in action

The Global Shapers Community is a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change.


Background and Scope.

The community is a network of inspiring young people (Shapers), largely under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges.

In each city, teams (or as we call them “hubs”) self-organize to create
projects that address the needs of their community.

Hubs are city-based teams of Shapers, united by common values –
inclusion, collaboration and shared decision-making. Together they
create projects and positive change for their communities.
Currently, there are 376 hubs around the world.

Projects are wide-ranging including responding to disasters, combating
poverty, fighting climate change, and building inclusive communities.
While Shapers focus on their own communities, they also look for
opportunities to have impact on a global scale, by joining forces with
other hubs.

The first ever hub in Zimbabwe was opened in 2012 by the founding curator Nigel MK Chanakira. The Bulawayo hub was then formed subsequently. 

The Harare hub prides of churning out vibrant business, community and political leaders over the years. The Alumni is rich! 



We facilitate dialogue on critical, futuristic and sometimes even mystical issues to initiate developmental processes. An example of many of those initiatives is the meeting we had with the then Mayor of Harare City, H.W Ben Manyenyeni on smart cities in the year 2018.


— We facilitate dialogue

Through events such as the annual town-hall, we facilitate the dialogue between marginalized goups such as youths and government through its ministries and in the case of 2017, the President himself. 


—We Educate

Shapers are people of skills.We have pharmacists, bankers, creatives to mention, but a few. We then design precise and very educative material that we share on several platforms and through various programs.


— We influence policy

Through our interaction with public and private authorities both on private and public forum, we always push for progressive policy alterations. The #OpenAfrica initiative is one of the drives we are currently running with.


— We share vital information

Talk of outbreaks such Cholera, Cancer facts, Financial literacy, disaster handling and many more issues, through our various busy platforms, we share important information on these. We pride ourselves in being a source of helpful material in the community.


— We Collaborate

We are a composition of high achievers. We sometimes join in on other organisations’ programs to get things done. We are always of service to community. Higher Life Foundation, Ministry of Youth & Sport and NgunduZW are a few of the entities we have worked with in executing impactful community projects.


What’s the relationship between the Global Shapers
Community and World Economic Forum?

We’re part of the World Economic Forum family, but operate as an
independent organization. Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and
Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, created the Global
Shapers Community in 2011. He wanted to demonstrate to the world
that young people are central to solution building, policy-making and
lasting change.
Professor Schwab and the Forum continue to make significant financial
and in-kind contributions to the network and our day-to-day operations
including access to tools like TopLink, staff and office space.
To ensure the voice of young people is always heard, the Forum also
provides Shapers with unique opportunities to interact and collaborate
with heads of states, CEOs and philanthropic leaders.

What do I need to become a Shaper? How can I apply?

You need three things – to be in young, have amazing
achievements and are committed to working with your peers to improve
your community.
Go to If you like what you see, apply to Harare hub. We are listed there and you may search us by name.



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