YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa Accra Ghana


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 now the establishment of Regional Leadership Centers across Africa.


Name of Primary Programme
YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa Accra
Programme Start Date
Telephone Number
+233 501579488
Programme Type
Leadership Development Programme
Numbers of programme participants annually
25 - 250
Telephone Number - alternate
+233 501579488
Programme Funders
Government, Philanthropic, Corporate
Region from which participants are selected
West Africa
Organisation website
Government funding
African country or countries of programme delivery
Ghana, Nigeria
Programme Contact email
Philanthropic funders
Mastercard Foundation
Region of programme delivery
West Africa
Country of operation
Corporate funders
GIMPA; ,DOW; Microsoft; Technoserve
Are programmes continuing?
Organisation Name
YALI - Young African Leaders Initiative

Leadership organisation location

Accra, Ghana
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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.