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The MasterCard Foundation supports President Obama’s YALI with$10 million over the next 5 years

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President Obama announces four Regional Leadership Centers in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa as part of the Young Africa Leaders Initiative

In 2010, United States of America’s President, Barrack Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

The idea was to give support to young African leaders to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

The MasterCard Foundation believes in the incredible potential within young people in Africa to transform their communities and countries. Over the past few years, they have committed several billion dollars to various programs to enable young people to translate their potentials into skills, knowledge and networks to earn a living in 2 African countries.

TheFoundation together with the White House and USAID has announced a $10 million commitment towards supporting YALI, a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

Through YALI, the United States is investing in the next generation of African leaders, and has committed significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, the United States, and the American people.

President Obama will be unveiling plans to create a network of YALI Regional Leadership Centers across Africa. The four new Centers will be located in leading universities in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Senegal.

  • The Center in Ghana will be supported by a consortium of civil and private sector organizations including Africa 2.0, Africa Capacity Building Foundation, Ghana Private Enterprise Federation, and the Center for Policy Analysis, led by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
  • The Center in Kenya will have a robust training curriculum with direction from a partnership that brings together Deloitte’s global management and strategy skills, the established curriculum and capacity of Kenyatta University, the public administration training of the Kenya School of Government, and Africa Nazarene University’s youth engagement and outreach.
  • The Center in South Africa will benefit from an education alliance led by the University of South Africa, with support from the University of Pretoria, which brings expertise in governance training, and Innovation Hub, which provides entrepreneurship support.
  • The Center in Senegal will assist young entrepreneurs through  the African Center for Advanced Studies in Management’s experience in professional management studies, the West African Research Center’s youth leadership training experience, and the Synapse Center’s support to young leaders.

The announcement will be made during a conference dubbed ‘The Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders’ which will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington.

The three-day conference, July 28-30, is bringing together 500 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders to meet with U.S. entrepreneurs, government officials, and civil society representatives.

The Presidential Summit follows six weeks of academic study at 20 institutions across the United States as part of the Washington Fellowship. You can view more details about the conference here (ours is 11:10am to 12:30pm).

The event will be streamed live from the White House website. To watch, click on the following link Then click on “Photos & Videos” which is the second choice from the left on the blue navigation bar. Finally, click on “Live Streams” (top right in the drop down menu).


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