ABOUT YALI

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.

VIEW PAST YEARS OF THE PROGRAM

2022 PROGRAM FACTS

57,500

Since 2014, Fellows have contributed more than 57,500 hours of community service to U.S. organizations and social services.

140,000

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.

95%

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 male, 11 female
  • 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

50-50

Female-Male gender balance

5%

Report having a disability

43%

Own a business

35%

Run a non-profit

MEET THE FELLOWS

Abbey MWF

Abbevi Elie Abbey

Lome, Togo

Ambaw MWF

Solomon Desalegn Ambaw

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Francisca Arko

Francisca Arko

Greater Accra, Ghana

Hetty Boat

Hetty Boat

Atebubu, Bono East, Ghana

Cibanvunya MWF

Christelle Cibanvunya

Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Donkor Hyiaman MWF

Kenneth Donkor-Hyiamon

Kumasi, Ashanto, Ghana

Dennis Jarpah

Dennis Jarpah

Montserrado, Liberia

Ndaya Lukoji

Ndaya Lukoji

Manzini, Eswatini

Deliwe Makata

Deliwe Alipo Makata

Lilomgwe, Malawi

Stanley Gitau

Stanley Mburu

Murang'a, Kenya

Mhlanga MWF

Thulise Mhlanga

Harare, Zimbabwe

Katlego Mokgethi

Katlego Mokgethi

Gabarone, Botswana

Lucy Msukwa

Lucy Msukwa

Mzuzu, Malawi

Thobeka Mthethwa

Thobeka Mthethwa

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Freedom Mukanga

Freedom Mukanga

Harare, Zimbabwe

Namkoisse WMF

Louange Gercy Clairnyl Namkoisse

Central African Republic

Okantey MWF

Naa Aklerh Okantey

Accra, Ghana

Babajide Oluwase

Babjide Oluwase

Lagos, Nigeria

Ondo MWF

Paula Ondo

Litoral, Equatorial Guinea

Afize Ouedraogo

Afize Ouedraogo

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Pereira MWF

Carmen Maria Pereira

Maputo, Mozambique

Mabety Soumah

Mabety Soumah

Conakry, Guinea

Lionel Tientega

Lionel Michael Tientega

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Patience Ziramba

Patience Ziramba

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe