ABOUT YALI

Because of concerns and recommendations regarding COVID-19, the Mandela Washington Fellowship will be virtual in 2021.

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)  provides members with invaluable opportunities to connect with other leaders in their community and to learn from experts in their field. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, started in 2014, is the flagship YALI program that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellows that are selected to participate have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.

For the sixth year, IIB and Iowa JPEC welcomed 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from Sub-Saharan African countries to the University of Iowa to the 2021 virtual program. To learn more about our program, watch the video to the right. 

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit mandelawashingtonfellowship.org and join the conversation at #YALI2021.

VIEW PAST YEARS OF THE PROGRAM

2021 PROGRAM FACTS

ACROSS THE NATION

  • 49 Sub-Saharan countries
  • Three tracks (Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, and Public Management)
  • 25 Host Universities & Colleges
  • 700 Fellows selected
  • 38,000+ Program Applicants each year

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PROGRAM

  • 25 Fellows
  • 18 Countries represented
  • 15 male, 10 female
  • Business & Entrepreneurship focus
  • Nonprofit & for profit projects
  • Fellows' interests include: Agriculture & Agribusiness, Business, IT, Education, Community Development, Women/Girls Issues, Children & Youth, Health & Medical Issues, Media, and more

MEET THE FELLOWS

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Thierno Agne

Dakar, Senegal

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Duarte Carvalho

Luanda, Angola

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Mathews Dunga

Lilongwe, Malawi

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Fatma Hassan

Moroni, Comoros

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Falmata Hassane Awada

Ndjamena, Chad

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Abraham Kalonga

Morogoro, United Republic of Tanzania

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Chifuniro Kambauwa

Kasungu, Malawi

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Charles Kapondo

Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania

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Sylvie Reine Manga (Assekh)

Ziguinchor, Senegal

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Roderick Horcky Matoundou

Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo

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Nelson Mbembe

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Herbert Njabet Mbiatat

Bertoua, Cameroon

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Moreangels Muchaneta Mbizah

Harare, Zimbabwe

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Integrity Mchechesi

Harare, Zimbabwe

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Poelo Arnold Monyau

Maseru, Lesotho

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Leonard Mornah

Accra, Ghana

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Marta Mum Pueyo

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

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Melvin Muna

Mombasa, Kenya

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Prescilla Awino Onyango

Kisumu, Kenya

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Michael Wotama Pewu

Bellemu Town, Liberia

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Mfontoh Shu

Douala, Cameroon

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Xangamira Sitoe

Maputo, Mozambique

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Priscilla Tawiah

Accra & Takoradi, Ghana

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Kedi VanderWesthuizen

Matebeleng Village, Botswana