Twenty-six Americans To Travel to Sub-Saharan Africa for Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 15, 2016


Twenty-six Americans have been selected to participate in the Reciprocal Exchange program, a new component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The U.S. Department of State, through its implementing partner IREX, will provide support for collaborative projects between 27 Mandela Washington Fellows and 26 American professionals. In early 2017, the American participants will travel to 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for up to two weeks to begin their collaborative work. These partnerships will assist Fellows to address community challenges and further strengthen relations between the United States and African countries.

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

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI empowers young Africans through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. Each year, the Fellowship provides up to 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills for six weeks at a U.S. college or university as well as support for professional development after they return home.

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