Young African Leaders Initiative

Type: Merit-based
Field: Business and Management
Location: Ghana

Application deadline: June 16, 2021

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)  Regional Leadership Center in Ghana is inviting young West African leaders to join its Cohort of Emerging Leaders Program.

This merit-based offering extends great opportunities for Africans. Among these include several leadership trainings to prepare delegates for leadership roles within their various endeavors in the tracks of: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civil Society Management, and Public Policy and Management.

At the end of the program, participants shall be awarded a certificate and shall hence become a member of the YALI alumni.

YALI was launched by the United States government as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The organization emphasizes the need to invest in opportunities for Africans through “grooming strong, results-oriented leaders.” YALI bases their movement from the following statistical analysis: nearly 1 in 3 Africans between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population below the age of 35. 

Further details

The program will be hosted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and shall happen over the course of 17 weeks. Furthermore, the program is subdivided into four phases:

  1. a five-week coursework phase delivered in-person or online
  2. four weeks of a mentorship program
  3. four weeks of internship
  4. four weeks of community service

The five-week coursework phases encompass three core courses, namely: Leadership and Accountability, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues Affecting Africa. Moreover, it presents an elective course selected from a sample of three courses covering three themes, namely Entrepreneurship, Public Policy and Management, and Civil Society Management.

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The program is two-pronged by design, with the Emerging Leaders Program targeting Africa’s young leaders and the Executive Leadership Program targeting the more experienced African leader group. Overall, the Emerging Leaders program entails a combination of taught content as well as practical and in-the-field leadership engagements which ensures optimum opportunities for Africans.

The in-person training will be conducted in Ghana at the Accra RLC, whereas the online course will be available from any location around West Africa. 


The YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa Emerging Leaders Program is open for applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Are 18 to 35 years of age at the time of application submission,
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Burkina Faso.
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are eligible to receive any necessary visa to Ghana, and
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, listening, and speaking English.

For your application to be considered, you must fill up an online application form that can be found on their website. Do note, however, that only successful applicants will be contacted by YALI for further instructions.

Visit their website or e-mail the organization via [email protected] should you have any concerns or queries.

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