Entrepreneurship Development

2016 Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) West Africa Regional Programme.

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The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa seeks to empower young men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 from Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, who are ready to embrace leadership and work hard to transform their countries. The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra, hosts the program. 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. The overall program entails a combination of taught content as well as practical and in-the-field leadership engagements.

The Emerging Leaders Program will teach young African leaders about modern leadership over a period of 17 weeks. The program will be 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. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the RLC are enthusiastic about establishing the YALI Emerging Leaders Program to provide the tools, opportunities and leadership skills tailored to empowering young African leaders across West Africa.

The YALI Emerging Leaders Program is seeking to gather a diverse group of leaders who are trying to make Africa better. Emerging leaders take many forms—they can rise up in their communities, organizations, schools or businesses. The Emerging Leaders Program will teach young African leaders about modern leadership over a period of 17 weeks. The program will be broken down into four phases – a 5 week coursework phase delivered in-person in Accra, Ghana, or online and the remaining 12 weeks (back home) distributed equally among a mentorship program, internship or community service, and a report writing period. Focusing on the onsite 5 weeks coursework phase, it will entail three core courses (Leadership and Accountability, Ethics, and Contemporary issues affecting Africa) and one elective track that you select based on your goals, namely Business and Entrepreneurship, Civil Society Leadership and Public Service Management.
Please note there will not be any travel outside of Africa. All selected candidates will be trained at the RLC at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

Criteria

Must be interested in the following sectors:
1. Business and Entrepreneurship
2. Civil Society Leadership
3. Public Service Management
Must be 18-35 years of age
Must be an African citizen
Must be with no criminal record
No educational requirement, however you must be able to read and write in English
Must have a valid international passport to travel.
If you believe you fit the above characteristics and are from the above-mentioned countries, you can Apply here
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