2016 Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) West Africa Regional Programme 2016, Accra Ghana (Fully Funded) Cohort 4

Application Deadline: June 1st 2016

  • Do you have great ideas to change your community?
  • Does your business support your society?
  • Are you a role model to people around you?

Apply for the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) Emerging Leaders Program – A President Barak Obama and USAID youth initiative!

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. They can be tall or small, loud or quiet, an executive or a community organizer—together, leaders drive change.

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).

Eligibility Requirements:

Candidates wishing to apply must be…..

From the following countries:

  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Ivory Coast
  • Liberia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Togo
  • Sierra Leone
  • The Gambia
  • Cameroon

Interested in the following sectors:

  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Civil Society Leadership
  • Public Service Management

Of the following key characteristics:

  • Must be 18-35 years of age
  • African citizen
  • 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 are selected to participate in the YALI Regional Leadership Center, West Africa – Accra program, all of the following expenses will be covered by the program:

  • Visa to Accra (if required)
  • Round-trip travel from your country of citizenship* to Accra, Ghana
  • Transportation to/from kotoka International Airport to/from the YALI Regional Leadership Center, West Africa – Accra for all non-Ghanaian participants
  • For Ghanaian, transportation to/from the YALI Regional Leadership Center, West Africa – Accra will be provided for from your location of residence
  • Customized academic and leadership course;
  • Accident and sickness benefit plan
  • Housing and meals
  • Stipend to cover miscellaneous costs when in Accra.

* The Program will only cover your transportation costs to and from Ghana if you are residing within one of the countries served by the YALI Regional Leadership Center, West Africa – Accra. If you reside outside of the defined region, YALI will only pay the cost of transportation to/from Accra from your country of citizenship and you will be required to cover any additional costs

E-Mail: [email protected]

Apply Now for the 2016 Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) West Africa Regional Programme

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  1. Am very glad and delighted for this initiative programs involving the youth across the Africa and which Nigeria is included.

  2. Such an initiative is wholly lauded and would obviously spur sustainable growth and development in Africa.

  3. am very happy to come across this type of programme which i have a keen interest as a Nigerian

  4. Am happy to have come across this programme which I have interest inin as Nigeria. Thanks so much to the organizers

  5. I thank God for the organizers. The Lord is their muscle.
    I just pray we Africans would utilize it!

  6. Comment:I Thank God for the organizers.
    I just pray we Africans will utilize these opportunities.

  7. Its bsolutely an interesting programme, which will enable Africa youths to discharge their duties and responsibilities towards the growth and development of Africa entirely and the West Africa specifically.
    May Allah bless the organisers.

  8. Great! This is really an important opportunity to share ideas with prospective leaders from different African countries on contemporary ways to improve the state of our various communities.

  9. This is a great platform for exchange of ideas and understanding how to develop and improve the state of our countries. Wishing I could be there. Wish the program huge success.

  10. I am so glad to see developement and hope for africas and i want to be a part of the positif changement in africa

  11. Comment: This is no doubt one of the easiest and cheapest ways to put Africa back on balance- to solve the multi dimensional problems that have ravaged Africa. Bravo! Its the right step in the right direction.

  12. This is a life changer process for a willing constructive minded youth! I’ld have loved to be there but for my present assignment. Long live the African youths and long live the Nigerian youths!. – Hon. Kafayat Olaribigbe – Amosun (Nigeria)

  13. I cannot complete my registration online.Through with all other steps but finding step 1 difficult.(Asogba Michael B.) 08066703436 Nigeria

  14. I can’t complete my registration online.I’m through all other steps but having tough time with step 1

  15. I am very sorry and pity for myself that it is only now that am getting to know such program has been going on since then i am grateful for this organization and may God continue to help improve it

  16. Great initiative for future leaders of Africa
    Thanks to Barack Obama,I have already learned a lo from this network already impacts in my job career looking forward to participate in the Nigeria cohort soon.
    Thanks for enhancing my level YALI 4 ALL♥♥♥

  17. wonderful initiative, i applied immediately i came across this opportunity but i cant complete my registration online, i have been battling with step 5 for days now as it has refused to submit. please how do i go about it? 08065756145. From Nigeria.


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