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  • Today the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced a $30 million commitment to support gender equality and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. This funding will be programmed through the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).



Under the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), four Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal serve as regional hubs across the continent to encourage transformational learning and enhanced leadership skills. The Centers seek to develop individual leadership skills; foster innovation and entrepreneurship driven by young leaders; create spaces for regional collaboration and networking; provide a platform for young female and male leaders to influence and shape the debate on the role of young leaders in driving progress across the region; and take a cross-sectoral and cross-country approach to build networks among emerging young leaders from various disciplines and across countries.

September 2021 – September 2025
Total Funding: $2 million

Duration: January 2018 – September 2023
Total Funding: $2.5 million


Last updated: January 10, 2013

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