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Last updated: July 26, 2022

July 22, 2022

Well done to you all for working so hard over these past four weeks to successfully complete the requirements of your training. On behalf of the USAID/Southern Africa Regional Mission…it is indeed a great pleasure for me to join you the new graduates of the YALI Regional Leadership Center for Southern Africa.  

April 12, 2022

Each of the grant recipients, all of whom are 2021 Mandela Washington Fellows, will receive $25,000 to develop and grow their business enterprises and create positive changes in six sub-Saharan African countries. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a component of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which is the United States’ signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The selected recipients’ companies range in sectors from agribusiness and textiles to information, communications and technology (ICT), and education.  

March 24, 2022

2021 Mandela Washington Fellows Finalist Profiles

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) are pleased to collaborate with the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellows by providing the next generation of leaders in Africa with capital for competitively selected African ventures. The goal of the grant is to provide capital to 2021 Fellows thereby enabling investments in promising enterprises and civil society initiatives, and fostering opportunity and development in Africa.