The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the statistics: nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.


In pursuit of these ideals, the Regional Leadership Centre South Africa aims to:

  • Create critical thinkers
  • Solve complex and multidisciplinary problems
  • Foster entrepreneurial thinking
  • Innovative use of information, knowledge and opportunities
  • Encourage communication and multicultural collaboration
  • Create awareness of contemporary African issues


  • The Program is open to Young African Leaders aged 18-35 years old depending on their level of experience and track record in their chosen sector
  • Participants must possess English Language proficiency
  • Portuguese speaking participants will be accommodated in the Mozambique Hub at UEM
  • Participants must have the commitment to serve the development agenda for the African continent

DEADLINE: October 9 2016

To apply and for more information visit here


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