U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced that 17 young Malawian leaders will participate in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in the United States. The 17 Fellows depart today for a six-week program in the United States. This current cohort brings the number of Malawian participants to 68 since the Mandela Washington Fellowship began in 2014.
Ambassador Palmer congratulated the 17 new Mandela Washington Fellows on their selection and encouraged them to take full advantage of the six-week leadership development program to be held on university campuses across the United States. Ambassador Palmer said, “I am delighted to provide these 17 dynamic change-makers with an opportunity to hone their leadership skills on the campus of a U.S. university. I encourage these outstanding young leaders to take full advantage of every opportunity presented to them while in the United States and to return to Malawi to continue building the future they want to see for their communities, their country, and their continent.”
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) aims to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Every year, the Mandela Washington Fellowship takes young African leaders to the United States for academic instruction, practical experience, and mentorship in the fields of public management, civic leadership, and business and entrepreneurship.
For more information on the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and other opportunities available through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) please see: www.youngafricanleaders.state.gov