Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) West Africa Emerging Leaders Program. Apply Now!

YALI RLC West Africa Emerging Leaders Program

Course(s) Offered: Leadership, Entrepreneurship
Course Level: Short courses, Training
Provider: YALI Regional Leadership Center
Country to Study in: West Africa (Accra)

Scholarship Description
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by the United States government as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. YALI promotes three models designed to identify and empower young leaders: the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship (YMWF), YALI Network (YN) and now the establishment of Regional Leadership Centers across Africa.

The YALI Emerging Leaders Program is an innovative and game changing leadership training program in Africa. The program is hosted by Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and the first cohort walked through the doors on the 31st July 2014.

YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC) in West Africa – Accra invites applications for the 6th cohort of its Emerging Leaders Program 2018. Participants are taken through various forms of leadership training to prepare them for leadership roles in their various endeavors. At the end, participants are awarded with certificates and become members of the Yali Alumni.

Selection for participation in the YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa will be conducted as a merit-based, open competition. All eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semi-finalists will then be interviewed before a final selection is made and an invitation to join the program is issued.

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications:
  • A demonstrated leadership in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
  • Active engagement in public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • Strong social and communication skills.
  • An energetic, positive attitude.
  • A demonstrated knowledge, interest, and professional experience in the sector/track selected, and
  • A commitment to apply leadership skills and training to benefit your country and/or community after the program.
Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Eligible groups
Citizens of the following countries:
Benin, Burkina Faso, the island nation of Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe and Togo.

Participating Institution
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)

Fields of study
Teaches modern leadership broken down into four phases – a 5 week coursework phase delivered in-person or online and the remaining 12 weeks distributed equally among a mentorship program, internship or community service, and a report writing period.

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
Over a period of 17 weeks

Scholarship benefits
What We Offer:
  • Business and Entrepreneurship: This track caters to the range of emerging or aspiring entrepreneurs who expect to take on leadership roles within the private sector or build their own business ventures on the continent.
  • Civil Society Management: This track is oriented to those who are or aspire to be civically engaged and serve the public through non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, or volunteerism.
  • Public Policy and Management: This track is tailored to those who work or aspire to work in any level of government (including elected positions), regional organizations such as the African Union or the West Africa Community, international organizations such as the United Nations, or other publicly minded organizations or think tanks.
Method of Application
To apply, simply visit the Applicant Login page on the official website. New Applicants can click on the "Sign Up" link to get started. Existing Applicants are required to enter their already registered email address and password to login. Please visit Applicant Login to commence.

The last day to apply is 10th December 2017

The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented African 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.

Application Deadline: 10 December 2017
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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