Welcome to the U.S., #YALI2019 #MandelaFellows! Chosen from over 38,000 applicants, these 700 Fellows are leaders in public service, business, civil society, education, agriculture, and more. These Fellows truly show the diversity of Africa, from both rural and urban areas, including individuals with disabilities, and representing equal numbers of women and men. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2FmQPW5 📸 @u.s.embassybamako
Over the past several weeks we have featured our 27 amazing Host Institutes in the lead up to #YALI2019 #MandelaFellows arrival! Check out our Facebook page to learn more about these academic institutions across the U.S. who will host Fellows from across Africa for the next six weeks, conducting intensive leadership training in Business, Civic Engagement, and Public Management. Fellows will plant roots in communities from Boise to Syracuse to Lubbock, and create partnerships that will last a lifetime. We are so excited to kick off #YALI2019 with these outstanding Institutes!
ONE WEEK UNTIL FELLOWS ARRIVE! Time flies when you're having fun getting ready for #MandelaFellows to arrive! After many months of preparation, our #YALI2019 Fellows will arrive in the United States next week. We wish all the best to our Fellows as they prepare to fly across the world to join their American Leadership Institutes for six weeks. We can't wait to meet you in person! #ExchangeOurWorld
This week we featured #YALI2014 Fellows working in peacekeeping! Aicha Tamba of #Senegal assists African Union border communities. Christelle Sukadi of the #DRC uses #ICTs to empower youth promote peace. Marcel Mutsindashyaka of #Rwanda uses his media company to spread peace and elevate issues youth in his country care about. Christelle Bay of #Cameroon, through her NGO Hope for the Needy Association, promotes peace among youth through the arts, sports education, and agricultural activities. Mohammed Kamara reintegrated youth soldiers both in his home country #Liberia through his NGO Peace Links Liberia, and through his volunteer work with the UN in the DRC. We’re so proud of our #MandelaFellows doing such important work across #Africa!
When women succeed, we all succeed. By investing in women’s education, workplace equality, and the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV), you’re investing in the future. That’s because as women grow, their families, communities, and countries grow with them. Learn more and join us and the YALI Network at yali.state.gov/4her. #Africa4Her #YALI2019
This week, we highlighted #YALI2014 Fellows working in #Energy and the #Environment. Hope Mwanake from #Kenya is COO of Trace Eco Solutions Ltd., a company that manufactures high quality, durable, eco-friendly roofing tiles from recycled plastics. El Hadji Abou Gueye from #Senegal founded La Panafricaine des Affairs (PDA - SUARL), a company that specializes in building and hydrological construction in Mali, Niger, and Senegal. He also founded BanlieueUP, a community organization that provides training sessions for local youth. We can’t wait to see what Hope and El Hadji do over the next five years!
This week we were proud to feature #YALI2014 alumni working in #agriculture! Whether it’s through agribusiness, poultry management, organic farming, or filmmaking, we are so proud of their impact in the agriculture sector. We loved hearing about the lessons they learned and networks they made during their Fellowship five years ago, and we’re excited to see their future achievements! @exchangeourworld @usaid
In honor of International Women’s Day, we highlighted #YALI2014 #MandelaFellows working in women’s empowerment this week. Through personal safety and wellness boot camps, media training, and advocacy, these alumni are supporting women across the continent. And they’re using the networks and skills they developed during their Fellowships to increase the impact of their work! We are so proud of their success in the past five years, and we can’t wait to see their future accomplishments! @exchangeourworld @usaid #IWD2019
This week, we continued our feature on the #YALI2014 cohort by showcasing alumni working in #entrepreneurship. These four alumni are building virtual trade platforms, improving data analysis across the continent, using the outdoors to develop leaders, and leveraging design-thinking for social enterprises. We’re so proud of everything these alumni have accomplished over the last 5 years and can’t wait to see what happens over the next 5! @exchangeourworld @usaid
We are so appreciative of and impressed by the 12 #MandelaFellows and #YALI Regional Leadership Center participants who took part in this week’s YALI Alumni Association Organizational Performance Improvement (OPI) workshop in #Nairobi! We can’t wait to watch you implement your performance solutions. @usaid @yali_rlc_ea @usembassynairobi @exchangeourworld
This week we were proud to feature #YALI2014 alumni working in #health and the impact that the Fellowship has had on their lives and work five years along. These five alumni are improving maternal/child health, strengthening health delivery systems, using natural/holistic approaches to treat noncommunicable diseases, and so much more. We’re impressed by everything they have accomplished and can’t wait to see their future achievements! @exchangeourworld
Thanks to the Representatives and Senators who met with #YALI2019 Institutes on Capitol Hill today! We were happy to speak with you about the Fellowship and how American educational institutions support the work of #MandelaFellows. @exchangeourworld
Last but not least, welcome to our 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship East Africa Regional Advisory Board! The board members come from Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Joined by VSO, our East Africa members set priorities for the year and planned for Fellowship activities. Congratulations to the new board, and best of luck this year! #YALI2018
Introducing our 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship Southern Africa Regional Advisory Board! Board members come from Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Members of the Southern Africa RAB was joined in Nairobi by the Southern Africa Trust. Welcome and congratulations to the new board! #YALI2018
Earlier this month, the 2018 Regional Advisory Board (RAB) met in Nairobi, Kenya to kick of their tenure and set priorities for the year. Please join us in welcoming our 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship West Africa Regional Advisory Board! This year, our board members hail from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Senegal. Members of the West Africa RAB were joined in Nairobi by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and are excited about their next year on the board. Welcome, board members! We are so excited to see all that you do for and on behalf of the Mandela Washington Fellows of West Africa. #YALI2018
Today we are celebrating #WorldToiletDay, and highlighting the innovative work of #YALI2018 Fellow Kaveto "KV" Tjatjara from #Namibia. The company Kv co-founded, Worldview Technology, introduced its first waterless toilet to the market this summer, and its first public stall this fall. Worldview Technology strives to turn human waste into human resources and reduce the harmful practice of public defecation by installing waterless toilets in parts of Namibia without sewer infrastructure. Check out the first family to receive a Worldview Technology toilet: http://bit.ly/KVToilets. Keep up the amazing work, KV!
Lauren McDanell of Washington D.C. traveled to #Madagascar over the summer to partner with #YALI2017 Fellow Joanina Razafindrakoto on a project that furthered pathways to financial freedom and higher education for Malagasy women. Lauren and Joanina trained 80 Malagasy women in entrepreneurship, sales, finance, marketing, and presentation skills. Part of the training included introducing the women to American sales techniques, such as the “Tupperware party model,” to increase their financial independence and boost sales. The workshop resulted in 15 collaborative business plans and pitches by the end of the #ReciprocalExchange. #IEW2018 #GEW2018 #ExchangeOurWorld
Nicholas Bowden, a Teaching Assistant at UC Davis traveled to #Rwanda to collaborate with #YALI2017 Fellow Janiver Kabananiye and his company, Great Lakes Power Rwanda, on a competitive bid for a solar installation. He also evaluated the company's solar home system distribution business and provided consultations to junior staff. Finally, Nicholas and Janiver met with other groups in Rwanda focused on solar energy and provided one of those organizations, One Acre Fund, with solar home systems for testing and market research. They expect further collaboration from One Acre Fund and other organizations purchasing solar home systems to power their organizations, and UC Davis staff will collaborate closely with Great Lakes Power to develop systems that are fitting for the Rwandan context. Keep up the exciting and innovative work, Nicholas and Janiver! #IEW2018 #ExchangeOurWorld
Congratulations to #YALI2018 Fellow Elvis Leyian of #Kenya, an amaranth farmer who recently shared how the popular, drought-resilient crop is helping to reduce poverty in rural Kenya at the Amaranth World Congress in Mexico. The lone African at the Congress, Elvis gained exposure to amaranth stakeholders from all over the world, and these invaluable connections will inform how he produces amaranth in the future. Great work, Elvis!
It’s been one week since the #YALI2019 application closed! As the selection process moves forward, you’ll want to keep a copy of your application on file. That way, you can be familiar with what you submitted and be able to reference it if you are selected for an interview. Follow these simple steps to download your application today!
There is one week left to apply for the #ReciprocalExchange component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship! Reciprocal Exchanges provide Americans the opportunity to travel to Africa to strengthen partnerships and professional connections developed during the Mandela Washington Fellowship in the United States. This opportunity is open to American citizens to partner with #MandelaFellows from any cohort. #ExchangeOurWorld and apply here - the deadline is October 16, 2018: http://bit.ly/2019MWFRE