Applications are now open for the YALI East Africa Cohorts 57 (Blended/Hybrid, 58 Fully Virtual/Online & 59 Residential) Program


The Application Window for Cohorts 57 (Blended/Hybrid), 58 (Fully Virtual/Online), & 59 (Residential) is OPEN and will close at 5:00 p.m. EAT on May 31, 2024! Please STAY SAFE and keep checking our social media pages and website for more updates on our program and activities. For future applications and cohort dates, please click here .

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by the United States government as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the statistics:  nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35

The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa, located at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya serves 14 countries in East and Central Africa: Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Center is overseen by Kenyatta University and is supported by a growing number of African and international partners.

Cohort 57                  20-May-24 8:00 am EAT 31-May-24 5:00 pm EAT        19-Aug-24    30-Sep-24
Cohort 58                  20-May-24 8:00 am EAT 31-May-24 5:00 pm EAT        23-Sep-24    18-Oct-24

Selected participants will engage in leadership training across three tracks of study:

  1. Business and Entrepreneurship,
  2. Civic Leadership, and
  3. Public Management in a 4-week residential format with a focus on individual and team leadership skills, innovation, creative learning, and communication.

The program’s emphasis is on interactive and experiential learning which fosters each participant’s ability to contribute both individually and in teams.


Competition for the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa is merit-based and open to young East African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are 18 to 35 years of age at the time of application submission,
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Burundi, Central African Republic. Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda,
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are eligible to receive any necessary visa to Kenya, and
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English.

Selection Process

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications:

  • A demonstrated leadership in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
  • Active engagement in public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • Strong social and communication skills.
  • An energetic, positive attitude.
  • A demonstrated knowledge, interest, and professional experience in the sector/track selected, and
  • A commitment to apply leadership skills and training to benefit your country and/or community after the program.

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

For more details and To Apply, Visit Official Website Here

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