Welcome to the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa
Leadership Training to Transform Africa
A diverse and dynamic learning environment that will provide training, interaction and involvement to enhance your leadership skills.
Innovative Leadership Training
Refine your leadership potential in Public Management, Business & Entrepreneurship and Civic Leadership.
Who is the next generation of Africa’s business, public and civic leaders?
The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa is looking for young men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 from Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, DRC, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda who are ready to embrace leadership and work hard to transform their countries.
There are four Regional
Leadership Centers (Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa). These
Centers serve as regional hubs across the continent to encourage
transformational learning and enhancing leadership skills. The YALI
Regional Leadership Centers are a project of the United States Agency
for International Development (USAID) in close partnership with
The MasterCard Foundation. Each Regional Leadership Center is managed
under a public/private partnership.
What is the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa?
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 Deloitte East Africa and is supported
by a growing number of African and international partners.
The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa is more than
a location for learning or a venue for collaboration, it is a philosophy,
a forward-leaning culture of diversity that invites dreaming and
thinking differently to define and realize oneâ€™s potential. Its
programs are inclusive, embracing future leaders regardless of gender,
ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, or disability. For those
selected to participate, there is no cost. All travel, materials,
lodging for the residential program, etc. are funded through the
Center by our generous partners. However, all personal incidentals
such as passport fees, supplementary meals, entertainment, etc.
will be at the expense of the participant.
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.
Tailored to those who work or aspire to work in any level of government (including elected positions), regional organizations such as the African Union or the East Africa Community, international organizations such as the United Nations, or other publicly-minded organizations or think tanks.
YALI RLC East Africa Features
Develop partnerships with companies and organizations to sustain this standard of excellence
Build better communities by becoming involved in shaping the future
Study in a high-tech environment that brings leadership skills to your front door
Work in teams, embrace innovation, learn by doing
Who Should Apply?
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 for participation in the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa will be conducted as a merit-based, open competition. All eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semi-finalists will then be interviewed before a final selection is made and an invitation to join the program is issued.
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.