This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

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

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

Check out the winners from this year's YALI 10 Competition!

And check out 10 inspiring impact award stories funded by the Alumni Rapid Response Fund (ARRF).

Exchange alumnus Nazeem Mohammad Fadiir Junggee from Mauritius has transformed the old saying, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”
Young woman typing on laptop and smiling
A year after her YALI experience, Rachel customized the concept of this incubator to Malawi's context and established mHub, Malawi’s first technology hub and incubator space for emerging young entrepreneurs.
Mundia Paul Hakoola meets U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House
2010 YALI alumnus Mundia Paul Hakoola currently serves as the Secretary General and a Co-founder of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in Zambia. This initiative is inspired by the YALI program and seeks to provide leadership opportunities to young Zambians.

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