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YALI Summit | Ten Plus Ten: YALI and United States Look Back, and Ahead, Together

The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Africa Program, will host the YALI 2021 Summit, an all-virtual event, which will take place from May 24-28, 2021.

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May. 24 – 28, 2021
8:00am – 2:00pm ET

YALI Summit | Ten Plus Ten: YALI and United States Look Back, and Ahead, Together

The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Africa Program, will host the YALI 2021 Summit, an all-virtual event, which will take place from May 24-28, 2021.  The YALI 10 Summit will highlight and celebrate the achievements of YALI alumni and Network members and demonstrate the United States’ enduring commitment to Africa’s youth. 

Africa’s demographic trajectory and the critical role that youth will—and need to—play in securing the continent’s future, led the U.S. government to establish the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010 as its signature initiative for investing in the next generation of African leaders.

Established in 2010, the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is the U.S. Government’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Over the past decade, YALI grew from 115 young leaders to include more than 24,000 alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship exchange program, four Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) in Africa, and an extensive digital community called the YALI Network with more than 650,000 members. These programs aim to strengthen democratic institutions and good governance, spur economic growth and prosperity, and foster peace and security in Africa. 

The 10th Anniversary Summit’s theme is “Ten Plus Ten: YALI and the United States Look Back, and Ahead, Together.” For the past decade, YALI has played an important role in the efforts of young African leaders to improve the accountability and transparency of government, start their own businesses, and serve their communities. The summit aims to celebrate 10 years of YALI, strengthen African democracy and governance, expand U.S. trade and investment with the continent, and advance peacebuilding in fragile areas. It will also offer a platform for educating American stakeholders on the challenges and opportunities Africa presents in the coming decade and provide YALI alumni with opportunities for skills development and greater exposure to new networks of thinkers and leaders in both Africa and the U.S. The Summit will also provide new opportunities for skills development, networking, mentoring, and collaboration, as well an opportunity for YALI alumni to define a collective vision for their future.

The Summit will feature several high-level speakers, policymakers, YALI alumni and experts from the United States and across Africa. Attendees will also include alumni from various YALI programs as well as its vast network.  

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Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more