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Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) 10 Year Anniversary

To celebrate and commemorate YALI’s ten-year anniversary, the U.S. Department of State in partnership the Wilson Center Africa Program will host a Virtual Summit and Livestream Event in 2021. Check this page for more details in January 2021.

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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 has grown to include the Mandela Washington Fellowship exchange program, four Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) in Africa, and an extensive digital community called the YALI Network. These programs aim to strengthen democratic institutions and good governance, spur economic growth and prosperity, and foster peace and security in Africa. 

To celebrate and commemorate YALI’s ten-year anniversary, the U.S. Department of State in partnership with the Wilson Center Africa Program will host a Livestream Event in March 2021 and Virtual Summit in April 2021.

Check this page for more details in January 2021.

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Young African Leaders Initiative Competition Announcement

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of YALI, the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Wilson Center, is hosting a Virtual Summit in April 2021. To support this effort, we are pleased to announce the YALI 10 Year Anniversary Competition under the theme YALI@10: My Life, My Community, and My World—Young African Leaders’ Stories of Transformation and Servant Leadership.

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