UD Mandela Washington Fellowship

for Young African Leaders at the University of Delaware

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. Pictured here are 2016 UD Mandela Washington Fellows at Old College Hall, the University's first and oldest building.

About the Program

The University of Delaware (UD) Civic Leadership Institute 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 the United States’ 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, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX, a U.S. non-governmental agency. At the University of Delaware, the summer institute of the Mandela Washington Fellowship is coordinated by the Institute for Global Studies (IGS), in collaboration with other academic and professional units on campus.

Each year since 2014, 500 to 1,000 young African leaders have participated in Institutes at universities across the U.S. in three focus areas: civic leadership, public management, and business and entrepreneurship. Academic coursework and leadership training in each of these sectors focus on the skills young African leaders need to start and grow businesses, serve their communities, and manage the public sector.

The University of Delaware has been hosting Civic Leadership Institutes since the Fellowship began in 2014. At UD, the Institutes address a different theme each week, including for example, communication and social media, good governance, advocacy, social entreprenuership, and leadership-- and their interactions with civic leadership, civic organizatons, and movements.

The Institutes conclude with a summit in Washington, D.C. where all Mandela Washington Fellows gather for 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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