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.

Oluwafunmilayo Oni

Oluwafunmilayo Oni is an Alumni from Nigeria who is raising funds during the COVID-19 pandemic to support over 140 households in slum areas and underserved communities in Makoko, Mushin and Oke-ira in Nigeria. Through her ...Read More

YALI RLC Alumni Chapter Cohort 16

YALI RLC Alumni Chapter Cohort 16 from Sierra Leone came together to celebrate Independence Day through a day of community service. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group decided to organize a sensitization campaign targeting the ...Read More

YALI Alumni of Guinea 

YALI Alumni of Guinea - Through the YALI RLC Alumni Network of Dakar (RASYD), Guinean RLC and Mandela Washington Fellowship  Alumni have joined forces to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They develop and distribute hand washing kits to community members ...Read More

RLC East Africa Ethiopia Alumni

YALI RLC East Africa Ethiopia Alumni Chapter have been sharing free online courses (including YALI Network courses) with their members to encourage learning during COVID-19 self-isolation and to refresh the skills they received during the ...Read More

Nathaniel Magembe

Nathaniel Magembe is an alumnus of Cohort 34 from Kenya. Apart from educating the “Boda-Boda” drivers on COVID-19 precautionary measures such as hand washing techniques and the use of sanitizing gels, he’s also increased the ...Read More

Tracy Kobukindo

Tracy Kobukindo, Cohort 17 Alumnus from Uganda created a WhatsApp group to unite nurses and midwives in Kampala in the midst of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The objectives of the group are to share challenges and brainstorm ...Read More

Joaquim Caiombo

Joaquim Caiombo - Alumnus of Cohort 2 from Angola started a COVID-19 awareness campaign across different towns in Angola. Joaquim together with four other YALI RLC Southern Africa alumni have partnered with the Red Cross of Angola ...Read More

Anjinsen Vlamootoo

Anjinsen Vlamootoo is an Alumnus of Online Cohort 3 from Mauritius and is working to promote mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with other young active citizens, Anjinsen has organized multiple online wellness ...Read More

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