Posted at 24th May 2016

SADC: Young African Leaders Initiative

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by President Barack Obama as the U.S. government’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa (RLC SA) is hosted by the University of South Africa at the Graduate School of Business Leadership in Midrand, South Africa.

The RLC SA aims to create critical thinkers who can solve complex, multidisciplinary problems; foster entrepreneurial and innovative thinking; and encourage cross-border communication and multicultural collaboration. The RLC SA develops the skills of young African leaders by providing core training in contemporary African issues, as well as specialized training in three key areas: Business and Entrepreneurship; Civic Leadership and Public Management.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Age (18-35)
Demonstrated commitment to positively impact their communities, countries, and the African continent
Proven experience and track record in Public Management, Business and Entrepreneurship, or Civic Leadership
Citizen of: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Ability to commit to a four-week residential training program
English language proficiency

The program encourages applications from:

Rural based and economically disadvantaged communities
Young leaders living with disabilities
People who are HIV positive or who are living with AIDS
Individuals that represent and advocate for the rights of LGBTIQ communities across the region
Other minority groups
There is no fee to apply for or attend the program. Successful applicants will be provided round-trip transportation to the program, lodging, meals, and course materials. All other costs will be at the participant’s expense.

Applications for Cohorts 4 and 5 are open until 27 May 2016 (23:59, South Africa Time Zone). The program is residential and requires a commitment to attend all sessions from 15 August – 9 September 2016 for Cohort 4 or all sessions from 19 September- 14 October 2016 for Cohort 5. Following the residential program, there is an online project component for three weeks. To find information and to apply, visit the YALI RLC SA website:

For more information contact:> Bento Marcos, Head of Recruitment and Selection, YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa Tel: +27 11 652 0242; E-mail: or


Bento Marcos
Admissions and Selections
YALI Regional Leadership Center, Southern Africa – Midrand South Africa
USAID Grantee

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