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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Avoid these common CV and resume mistakes!

Pity the poor job recruiter who has to sort through an inbox that is usually overflowing with applications from would-be employees. If you are one of the hundreds or even thousands of people competing for the same position, you will need your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) to stand out...

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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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YALI Voices: Once a rural villager, he now helps businesses get started [audio]

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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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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#YALILearns: Air Conditioning, Aerosols and Agriculture

With #YALIGoesGreen, more than 9,000 YALI Network members across Africa have committed to taking action on climate change and earned their certificate in the “Understanding Climate Change” course. More than 300 members have told us about the climate events they’ve held in their respective countries. We want to share with...

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Lesson in Leadership: Put People First

Mandela Washington Fellows Abdoulaye Atim of Chad and David Capo of Côte d’Ivoire say their summer study experiences in the United States taught them that leadership requires creative thinking. Atim is a turbine controller for international oil and gas giant ExxonMobile. But his heart also is with solar energy. Founder...

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