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!

James Kwabo is helping share COVID-19 information with youth across Liberia via his radio station, Alternative Youth Radio.
Alfred Kankuzi is taking action to help provide life-saving information to his fellow Malawians.
YALI Alumnus in Ghana is working to ensure that the most vulnerable communities have continuous access to meals as COVID-19 disrupts daily life.
In 2016 I returned from my Mandela Washington Fellowship at Duquesne University’s Leadership in Civic Engagement Institute.

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