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Mandela Washington Fellowship

for Young African Leaders at the University of Delaware

Study Abroad

This summer, twenty-five young Africans will come to UD as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Program and focus on civic leadership.

About the Program

The University of Delaware (UD) summer institute on Civic Leadership is part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for Young African Leaders. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa. Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the United States Government, administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and supported by IREX, a U.S. non-governmental agency. At the University of Delaware, the summer institute of the Mandela Washington Fellowship is administered by the Institute for Global Studies (IGS), in collaboration with other academic and professional units on campus.

Doubling in size from the previous two years, this year’s cohort will bring 1000 young African leaders to participate in 40 different summer institutes at universities across the U.S. in four focus areas: civic leadership, public management, business and entrepreneurship, and energy. Academic coursework and leadership training in each of these sectors will focus on the skills young African leaders need to start and grow businesses, serve their communities, and manage the public sector.

This will be our third Civic Leadership Institute at UD. As in the previous years, the Institute will address a different theme each week — leadership, social media and Information Communication Technology (ICT), good governance, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and organizational development — and their interactions with civic leadership and civic organizations.

The summer institutes will conclude with a Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C. where all Mandela Washington Fellows gather for an interactive town hall with President Obama. The Summit will include networking and panel discussions with leaders from public, private, and non-profit sectors.






This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by the University of Delaware.

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