It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which culminates this year with the YALI 10 Summit May 24-28, 2021.

We’re celebrating this milestone by highlighting the impact of exchange alumni from the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (MWF) program and MWF YALI Regional Leadership Centers (RLC).

Are you a MWF or RLC alumna or alumnus with a story to share? Email us at

Interested in joining this year’s Summit? To register, please visit: You can learn more about this year’s YALI Summit at:

MWF and RLC alumni, you can access special resources and professional development tools on the Mandela Washington Fellowship tab. Log in to find opportunities just for you!

With many businesses impacted by the pandemic, some are using the economic downturn to advance tech innovation and e-learning.
With less than 5% Internet broadband and only 40% adult literacy, access to accurate information is difficult to come by.
Exchange alumni like Abdurahman I. A Fofana and others are carrying on the spirit of Nelson Mandela in many ways.
Thelma Ahamba is designing face masks that are comfortable and stylish, helping to flatten the curve and stem the spread of the coronavirus in her community.

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