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YALI Regional Leadership Centre Southern Africa Program 2020


The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) calls application for YALI Regional Leadership Centre Southern Africa Program 2020. The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is 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.

Initially, there will be four Regional Leadership Centers (Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and Southern Africa). These Centers will serve as regional hubs across the continent to encourage transformational learning and enhancing leadership skills. The YALI Regional Leadership Centers are a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in close partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. Each Regional Leadership Center is managed under a public/private partnership.

In pursuit of these ideals, the YALI Regional Leadership Centre Southern Africa Program 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.

  • To provide the platform and tools to empower dynamic young Africans
  • To awaken their innate leadership potential for the benefit of Africa and its global partners.


  • Age (18-35).
  • English language proficiency.
  • Portuguese speaking participants will be accommodated in the Mozambique Hub at UEM..
  • A commitment to positively impact Africa, their own countries as well as communities
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and interest in Public Management, Entrepreneurship Development and Civic Leadership.
  • Commitment to serving the development agenda of the African continent.
  • Young leaders from the following countries are eligible to participate in the program: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Kingdom of Eswatini, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


  • A proven record of leadership in public service, business, and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement. They can be new entrants in public and private service institutions looking to develop their leadership abilities.
  • Proven record of knowledge, interest, and professional experience in the sector/track selected.
  • Proven record of active engagement in public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • Selected participants applying for the contact session must be willing to travel to the RLC SA in Midrand, Johannesburg, or Maputo for the duration of the program.
  • A commitment to apply leadership skills and training to benefit your country and/or community after the program.