What is the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa?
The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa, located at Kenyatta
University in Nairobi, Kenya will serve 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 innovative leadership training
across three tracks of study: (1) Business and Entrepreneurship,
(2) Civic Leadership, and (3) Public Management by immersing themselves
in a 12-week format (three weeks of residential learning on-site
at the Center in Nairobi, eight weeks of virtual distance learning
via technology from your home country, and a final week on-site
at the Center in Nairobi for wrap-up and presentations). During
the program, participants in their chosen track will be required
to contribute individually and in teams to an interactive and experiential
education course through project-based development and achievement.
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.