Americans and young African leaders address global challenges together

The U.S. Department of State and IREX are pleased to announce the more than 50 Americans selected to receive Reciprocal Exchange Awards as part of a new component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

The Reciprocal Exchange awards up to $5,000 to emerging and established U.S. leaders in many professional fields to help fund collaborative projects with 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows. Fellows originally met the U.S. leaders through site visits, networking, internships, and other parts of the six-week Academic and Leadership Institutes in the United States during the 2016 Fellowship. The awards allow the U.S. and African pairs to collaborate on important issues and deepen their partnerships, thereby contributing to mutual understanding between the United States and African countries.

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