Business and Entrepreneurship

Professional Networking 101

Whether you’re a student, professional, or entrepreneur, having a strong network can make a world of difference when it comes to achieving your goals. While professional networking is often associated with job hunting, its benefits are numerous: in addition to career opportunities, your professional network may offer business leads, knowledge...

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YALI Network members: How to succeed as an entrepreneur

YALI Network members shared their success stories and advice for fellow entrepreneurs with IIP Coordinator Macon Phillips. Patrick Stephenson, Mariam Njai and Daniel Bonsu (pictured above) attended an IIP Tech Camp in Ghana in May. Afterwards, Phillips sat down with them to discuss entrepreneurship in Africa. During the roundtable discussion,...

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Developing a Business Plan

When launching a business, one of the most important first steps is to write a business plan. A good business plan will help you answer important questions, such as the value of your idea, potential market opportunity, and costs associated with everything from production to marketing. Securing capital, attracting team...

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How to Prepare for a Successful Interview

Interviewing for a job can be stressful. You want to make a good impression, but there is a lot at stake and you can’t always anticipate what will happen. Will you be asked a question you don’t know how to answer? Will you appear nervous? Remember that interviewing is a...

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2017 Mandela Washington Fellow Application Tip: Which track should I choose?

As a Mandela Washington Fellow, you would learn a lot and meet many useful contacts over the course of six weeks on a U.S. college campus. Looking over the application, you will notice there are three separate tracks or themes of study, and you are asked to “rank the sector/track...

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Applying to be an MWF: A Message to Mandela Washington Fellow Hopefuls, Never Give Up

Alfousseni Sidibé has over seven years’ experience in the agricultural community-development sector. He served as communications manager for President Obama’s global hunger and food-security project, Feed the Future, where he focused on communication activities to inform beneficiaries about improved technologies to increase income. In 2016, Alfousseni joined the USAID Mali...

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My #YALILearns — Training Entrepreneurs and Leaders in Rwanda

By Jean Bosco Nzeyimana, 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow With glittering faces, thirsty for knowledge and filled with diverse expectations, over 50 young people from all corners of Rwanda came to attend a #YALILearns training event that YALI Rwanda fellows hosted in Huye, Rwanda. When Ange (another Mandela Washington Fellow) and...

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YALI Voices Podcast: Once a rural villager, he now helps businesses get started

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION PROGRAMS (IIP) “YALI Voices Podcast: Alieu Jallow” MACON PHILLIPS: Welcome, young African leaders. This is the YALI Voices podcast, a place to share some of the best stories from the Young African Leaders Initiative Network. My name is Macon Phillips, and...

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Unleashing the Entrepreneur in Every Woman

“We believe that everyone is an entrepreneur,” said Takunda Chingonzoh, a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow and YALI Network member. “It’s only a matter of people finding that aspect of themselves.” Recently, Chingonzoh and his team focused on helping one particular group find that aspect of themselves: women. They did it...

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Is she ‘bossy’ or are you biased?

More African women are breaking the “glass ceiling” in the business world by advancing to management positions. As a result, more women are finding themselves on the receiving end of criticism from both male and female subordinates. There are complaints like “she’s bossy,” or “she doesn’t respect the people who...

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