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 have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.

Below is the information for past years that the program was held in Iowa City. To find out more about this year's Fellowship program, please visit the link below.

View 2018 Fellowship Program

2017 Program

University of Iowa program facts

  • 25 Fellows
  • 18 Countries represented
  • 12 women, 13 men
  • Business & Entrepreneurship focus
  • Non-profit & for profit projects
  • Follows' interests include: Agriculture & Agribusiness, Business, IT, Education, Community Development, Women/Girls Issues, Children & Youth, Health & Medical Issues, Media, and more

Across the nation

  • 49 Sub-Saharan countries
  • 4 Tracks (Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, Public Management, & a special Institute for Energy)
  • 38 Host Universities & Colleges
  • 1,000 Fellows selected
  • 64,000+ Program applicants

Meet our 2017 Fellows

2016 Program

University of Iowa program facts

  • 25 Fellows
  • 18 Countries represented
  • 11 women, 14 men
  • Business & Entrepreneurship focus
  • Non-profit & for profit projects
  • Fellows' interests include: Agriculture & Agribusiness, Business, IT, Education, Community Development, Women/Girls Issues, Children & Youth, and more

Across the nation

  • 49 Sub-Saharan countries
  • 4 Tracks (Civic Leadership, Business & Entrepreneurship, Public Management, & a special Institute for Energy)
  • 37 Host Universities & Colleges
  • 1,000 Fellows selected
  • 40,000+ Program applicants

Meet our 2016 Fellows