Howard University to Host 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Press Release ( - Washington, DC - Jun 27, 2017 - Howard University is proud to announce that it has been selected as a partner with the “Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders” for the fourth consecutive year. Howard University is currently hosting 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging Public Management leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.  The Fellows arrived early this week.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, is the flagship program of former President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities.  Fellows are young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.  The cohort of Fellows hosted by Howard University will be part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted at institutions across the United States this summer.  These exceptional young leaders will meet at the end of their institutes in Washington, D.C. for a Summit; select Fellows will also spend six weeks in professional development training with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies.

Working closely with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, host institutions have designed academic programs that will challenge, inspire, and empower these inspiring young leaders from Africa.

The Howard/Mandela Washington Fellowship program will encompass a blend of academic lectures from Howard University’s esteemed faculty and community partners and institutes, service learning opportunities, and cultural and civic engagement activities that have been uniquely designed to ensure a diverse and enriching learning opportunity. 

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program that is supported in its implementation by IREX.  For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit and join the conversation with #YALI2017. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Lucinda Acquaye-Doyle, Program Manager, at

Source : Howard University


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