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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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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Country of the Week: South Sudan

Venture to South Sudan and you will find a young, hopeful country facing a difficult path to peace, security, and stability for its people. South Sudanese greatly value heritage and tradition. As one of Africa’s most linguistically diverse countries, inhabitants speak over 60 indigenous languages. In addition, approximately 83 percent...

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The U.N. Security Council has given youth a tool for empowerment

With the December 2015 passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2250 on the role of youth and peacebuilding, the international community sent a powerful message to young people around the world: “Your voice really matters a huge amount and your agenda has huge weight,” according to Michael Shipler, a regional...

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What constitutes ‘dangerous speech,’ and what can you do about it?

In the United States, courts have repeatedly protected the rights of those who make hateful comments and post racist images. But the allowance of hate speech doesn’t mean there is unlimited free speech. The courts have also ruled that if someone makes a direct threat against another person or incites...

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Country of the Week: Cameroon

Congratulations, Cameroon — you’re the YALI Network Country of the Week! We are so inspired by your leadership, creativity and commitment to your fellow Cameroonians. Like Fanny Bessem from Buea (above) says, we are strong because “we all support each other.” Read on to learn more about the three young...

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Message from U.S. Ambassador Michael S. Hoza to Cameroon’s YALI Network

It is an honor to congratulate you on your extraordinary achievements, dedication, and commitment as young leaders throughout Cameroon. When President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010, his aim was to enhance young Africans’ leadership skills, promote entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another...

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