Author Archives: doughertyjx

Country of the Week: Burundi

Burundi is a cultural mosaic based on local tradition, agricultural influence, and strong community connections. The Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Christopher Smith, had the message for the YALI Network in Burundi: First, let me thank you for your service to Burundi and the YALI network. Your contributions...

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YALI Voices: How to conduct successful advocacy campaigns

Contributed by Samreen Alkhair, 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, Sudan In this blog post I am going to explain how to conduct successful campaigns and advocacy campaigns based on both my personal and professional experience. In the past three years I have had the honor of working national and international campaigns...

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Saying No to Corruption Takes Courage

Contributed by Mesay Barekew Liche, Mandela Washington Fellow 2016, Ethiopia Getting an electricity line was a matter of necessity for the new residential area of 81 households in my community of Adama, Ethiopia. Unnecessary bureaucracy, withholding information and a lack of transparency are manifestations of corruption (i.e., forcing people to...

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YALI Voices: Creating a Personal Volunteer Development Plan (PVDP)

Contributed by Mimshach Obioha, 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, Nigeria, and Celestina Obiekea, YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa-Accra Participant, Nigeria What is a Personal Volunteer Development Plan (PVDP)? A PVDP is a document created by a volunteer to articulate his or her vision, goals, skills and passion in order to choose...

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Running a Clean Campaign

YALI Network member and Regional Leadership Center alum Lone Felix has been interested in politics since his days as a law student at Kenyatta University. Having successfully campaigned for and been elected Student Council president, representing all of the university’s campuses across Kenya, he knows the responsibility that comes with...

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