YOUNG AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS TO VISIT 17 AFRICAN COUNTRIES FOR PARTNERSHIPS

Twenty-six American young professionals will early next year travel to 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for two weeks to support collaborative projects, address community challenges and strengthen relations between the US and Africa, the US Department of State said.

The State Department said in a statement that the American professionals were selected to participate in a Reciprocal Exchange programme, a new component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

The programme will be implemented with US-based IREX, a non-profit organization that empowers youth, cultivate leaders, strengthen institutions, and extend access to quality education and information.

IREX will provide support for collaborative work between 27 Mandela Washington Fellows from Africa and the 26 American professionals.

In-country projects, devised and proposed by the Fellows, will address thematic issues including agriculture, arts, civic engagement, disability advocacy, education, energy, entrepreneurship, financial management, health, waste management, and women’s health and empowerment.

Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship programme of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which empowers young Africans through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking..

US President Barack Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. It empowers young Africans through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.

Each year, the Fellowship through YALI provides up to 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills for six weeks at a US college or university as well as support for professional development after they return home.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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