YALI - Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa South Africa


The conceptualisation, development and curriculum content of the Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa (RLC SA) as led by the University of Southern Africa (Unisa) were heavily influenced by the developmental, political and economic dynamics of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The RLC SA has been developing the young African leaders in Business and Entrepreneurship Development; Civic Leadership; and Public Management and Governance through a hybrid of innovative and complimentary approaches that include contact sessions; online mentoring; online self-paced tuition; industry placements and experiential learning. The centre has year-long access to the state-of-the-art facilities at the Unisa School of Business Leadership in Midrand, Southern Africa for the English-speaking participants. The same program will be replicated in Mozambique for Portuguese-speaking participants as a way of reaching and opening access to the disadvantaged Lusophone communities. Contemporary African issues such as HIV/AIDS, gender, responsible leadership and technology will be infused into the program to develop young and transformative African leaders. The productive partnership with the local and USA universities; private sector partners as well as the regional bodies such as SADC and the African Union will contribute to the improved quality of the program as well as the access, reach and delivery mechanisms. The RLC SA is, in collaboration with its partners, developing the 21st century skills that are the indispensable currency for participation, achievement and competitiveness in the global economy.


Name of Primary Programme
YALI - Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa
Programme Start Date
Telephone Number
+1 202-628-8188
Programme Type
Leadership Development Programme
Numbers of programme participants annually
25 - 250
Organisation website
Programme Funders
Government, Philanthropic, Corporate
Region from which participants are selected
Southern Africa
Programme Contact email
Government funding
African country or countries of programme delivery
Mozambique, South Africa
Country of operation
South Africa
Philanthropic funders
Mastercard Foundation
Region of programme delivery
Southern Africa
Organisation Name
YALI - Young African Leaders Initiative
Corporate funders
UNISA, Dow Chemical Co.
Are programmes continuing?

Leadership organisation location

Preller St, Muckleneuk, Pretoria, South Africa
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About AFLI




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.