The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched in 2015 as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. To date, the four RLCs have empowered over 13,000 alumni across 48 countries.

1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24

Approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35

Who will shape the future of the African continent?

The Regional Leadership Center serves as a regional hub to encourage transformational learning and enhancing leadership skills in the following areas:

The various stories of YALI alumni spread across Africa demonstrate that alumni have started to make an impact in their communities and society at large.

Waruguru Kiai

Waruguru Kiai, Kenya - Cohort 6, Public Management Impact: Driving change in local communities Waruguru is a notable female leader currently serving as the Nyeri County Youth Governor. In this role, she ...Read More

Sarpei Kwadey

Sarpei Kwadey Ghana - Cohort 3, Business & Entrepreneurship Impact: Empowering women farmers in Ghana Sarpei Kwadey is the Founder of Good Food Farms, an agribusiness company cultivating cassava plantations in the ...Read More

Mohammed Danso

Mohammed Danso Gambia - Ghana Cohort 4 , Business and Entrepreneurship Impact: Social transformation and innovation in Gambia Muhammed has trained over 200 young people in identifying challenges in their communities and ...Read More

Fathia Hassan Moussa

Fathia Hassan Moussa Djibouti - Cohort 12, Civic Leadership Impact: Promoting Education for Sustainable Development Fathia, an SDG Youth Ambassador in Djibouti, is passionate about the promotion of quality education among young ...Read More

Janvier Manirakiza

Andriamijoro Mino, Madagascar - Cohort 1, Business & Entrepreneurship Impact: Empowering the Underprivileged Janvier founded Dreaming for Change, a nonprofit that aims to address poverty and illiteracy by providing quality education, economic ...Read More

Alimatou Diagne

Alimatou Diagne Senegal - Cohort 21, Business & Entrepreneurship Impact: Commercializing dried meat in Senegal Alimatou founded Carvi Food, the first dried meat marketing company in Senegal. Thanks to the trust of ...Read More

Almameh Mennah

Almameh Mennah, Gambia - Cohort 2, Civic Leadership Impact: Policy and Advocacy champion After YALI, Almameh was able to initiate a youth advocacy group for diversity, which was successful with diverse youth ...Read More

Andriamijoro Mino

Andriamijoro Mino, Madagascar - Cohort 1, Business & Entrepreneurship Impact: Connecting Entrepreneurs with Investors In June 2016, Mino created this connection project and adopted it to the local needs and environment by ...Read More