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 a seventh year, IIB and Iowa JPEC welcomes 24 Mandela Washington Fellows from Sub-Saharan African countries to the University of Iowa to the 2022 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 #YALI2022.
2022 PROGRAM FACTS
Since 2014, Fellows have contributed more than 57,500 hours of community service to U.S. organizations and social services.
Fellows have completed more than 140,000 hours of professional training at more than 300 companies, organizations, and government agencies in 31 states and the District of Columbia.
By meeting U.S. counterparts and alumni through Fellowship activities, more than 95% of 2021 Fellows increased their connections with people from other countries.
ACROSS THE NATION
- 49 Sub-Saharan countries
- Three tracks (Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, and Public Management)
- 27 Host Universities & Colleges
- 700 Fellows selected
- 38,000+ Program Applicants each year
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PROGRAM
- 24 Fellows
- 17 countries represented
- 13 women, 11 men
- Business & Entrepreneurship focus
- Nonprofit & for profit projects
- Fellows' interests include: Agriculture & Agribusiness, Business, IT, Education, Community Development, Manufacturing, Women/Girls Issues, Children & Youth, Health & Medical Issues, Media, and more
Female-Male gender balance
Report having a disability
Own a business
Run a non-profit
MEET THE FELLOWS
Abbevi Elie Abbey
Solomon Desalegn Ambaw
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Greater Accra, Ghana
Atebubu, Bono East, Ghana
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kumasi, Ashanto, Ghana
Deliwe Alipo Makata
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Louange Gercy Clairnyl Namkoisse
Central African Republic
Naa Aklerh Okantey
Litoral, Equatorial Guinea
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Carmen Maria Pereira
Lionel Michael Tientega
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso