YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa Senegal Senegal


The Young African Leaders Initiative(YALI) is an initiative of Barack Obama, former President of the United States, which dates from 2010. The goal is to support young African leaders in their efforts to boost growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance and improve peace and security in the African continent. Initially, it consisted of a series of high-level forums, including the Obama Forum with African Youth Leaders of August 2010, the Pioneer Youth Forum of June 2011, and the Summit on Innovation and Development. Mentoring Partnership for Young African Leaders in June 2012, in addition to some 2,000 (2000) youth activities held at US Embassies across the African continent. With the success of these events, Mandela Washington Fellowship, YALI Network, and YALI Regional Leadership Centers. The Regional Leadership Centers were created in Africa, to have more 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 Senegal Center.


Name of Primary Programme
YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa Senegal
Programme Start Date
Telephone Number
+221 33 839 73 60
Programme Type
Leadership Development Programme
Numbers of programme participants annually
25 - 250
Telephone Number - alternate
+221 33 839 73 60
Programme Funders
Government, Philanthropic, Corporate
Region from which participants are selected
West Africa, Central Africa
Organisation website
Government funding
African country or countries of programme delivery
Programme Contact email
Philanthropic funders
The Mastercard Foundation, Mara Foundation
Region of programme delivery
West Africa
Country of operation
Corporate funders
Dow, Microsoft, Citi, ARC, CESAG, Orange
Are programmes continuing?
Organisation Name
YALI - Young African Leaders Initiative

Leadership organisation location

Dakar, Senegal
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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.