Questions have risen as to the ability of Africans to invest in themselves and their youth, seeing as more than half the African population is under the age of 35. Yali has come together with current African leaders to empower these youths and mould them into leaders and forward thinkers. Who do not look at where they come from but where they are going.
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 present state of the African economy, nearly 1 in 3 Africans are youth, and more than half of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.
‘’YALI is a fellowship, an online community a regional Leadership training. Launched in 2014 the four Yali regional leadership centres in Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and Ghana train young Leaders in leadership Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership and Public Management.Yali also provides a great place to network’’. Said Mustuf Makaudi, Founder and Chairperson of Lead works Foundation Community Knowledge Centre.
Who will empower and lead these young Africans? Who will shape the future of business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management? In order to answer these questions, YALI promotes three models designed to identify and empower young leaders: the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship, YALI Network, and now the establishment of Regional Leadership Centers across Africa.
‘’ Unisa School of Business Leadership in Midrand, South Africa for the English speaking participants. The same program will be replicated in Mozambique for Portuguese speaking participants as a way of reaching and opening access to the disadvantaged.’’ He explained.
This program is made for youth between the ages of 18-35, those who want to be a part of changing the narrative of the African child. Those who are committed to impacting Africa, their own countries and their communities. Those who are committed to the development agenda of the African continent. To provide the tools to empower dynamic young Africans to awaken their innate leadership potential for the benefit of Africa. Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe can apply.