YALI - Regional Leadership Center East Africa Kenya


The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by the United States government as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the statistics: nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. Who will empower and lead these young Africans? Who will shape the future of business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management? In order to answer these questions, YALI promotes three models designed to identify and empower young leaders: the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship, YALI Network, and the establishment of Regional Leadership Centers across Africa, of which this center is one. The Regional Leadership Centers were created to increase impact by training more leaders. The centers are based in Nairobi (Kenya), Pretoria (South Africa), Accra (Ghana) and Dakar (Senegal). This is the page for the Nairobi Center.


Name of Primary Programme
YALI - Regional Leadership Center East Africa
Programme Start Date
Telephone Number
+254 719 030 000
Programme Type
Leadership Development Programme
Numbers of programme participants annually
25 - 250
Telephone Number - alternate
+254 20 363 6000
Programme Funders
Government, Philanthropic, Corporate
Region from which participants are selected
East Africa, Central Africa
Organisation website
Government funding
USAID; Kenyatta University
African country or countries of programme delivery
Programme Contact email
Philanthropic funders
MasterCard Foundation; Knod Foundation; Family Group Foundation; Global Give Back Circle; Equity Group Foundation; United States African Development Foundation; Ford Foundation;
Region of programme delivery
Eastern Africa, Central Africa
Country of operation
Corporate funders
Deloitte, KCB Group; DOW; Africa24Media; Microsoft; P&G; ONE; IBM; GE; DLR Group; Citi Group;
Are programmes continuing?
Organisation Name
YALI - Young African Leaders Initiative

Leadership organisation location

Chandaria Business Incubation and Innovation Centre, Kenya Drive, Nairobi, Kenya
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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.