The Obama Administration’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a long-term effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders and strengthen partnerships between the United States and Africa. YALI responds to the expressed needs and requests of young African leaders for practical leadership training and skill-building. This training will impart the applied skills young leaders in Africa need to run better ministries, get businesses off the ground, and serve their communities. In partnership with the private sector, host country governments, international and regional bodies, and civil society organizations, the U.S. Government is seeking to build a pipeline of meaningful opportunities for fellows to put their new skills to practical use. Through this Initiative, the U.S. will bring over 500 young leaders to twenty U.S. universities each year for leadership training in three vital areas: public management and administration; business and entrepreneurship; and civic leadership.
At Northwestern, we will host twenty-five of these leaders for a Business and Entrepreneurship Institute. This Institute is a collaborative project of the Program of African Studies, the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Center for Leadership, marking the first time these three programs have worked together. A joint effort with the Department of State, USAID, and the Peace Corps, we have designed a program that will allow burgeoning African entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Northwestern's accredited scholars and professionals as well as participate in various site visits featuring Chicago-based non-profits, startups, and other organizations. After this Institute, fellows will have the practical knowledge as well as hands-on experience to begin/continue positively impacting their respective communities and countries.
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