19 Malawians Headed to United States to Participate in YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

Lilongwe, June 6 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced that 19 Malawian young leaders will participate in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in the United States.  Malawi’s contingent in this year’s program has increased from 16 participants in 2016 to 19 Fellows in 2017.

Ambassador Palmer congratulated the 19 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 in June-July 2017.   Ambassador Palmer said, “These 19 young leaders represent the very bright future ahead for Malawi.  I am so pleased these young leaders have chosen to hone their professional skills in the United States of America.”

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) aims to invest in the next generation of African leaders.  Every year, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 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.  Since the Mandela Washington Fellowship began in 2014, 33 young Malawian leaders previously participated in the program.

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

For more information contact:

 Edward J. Monster – Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy (+265 888 360 172)

Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy (+265 882 291 210)