YALI Voices: Why Branding Matters for Civil Society Organizations

In contemporary African societies, brands have played an important role. There has been a proliferation of choices and of brands, which act as a shortcut to access those choices. For example, when you purchase a product and you like it and go back and buy it again, the brand is...

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YALI Voices: You can’t change what you avoid

Contributed by Kahuhu Alphons Koruhama, Mandela Washington Fellow 2016, Namibia If you want to change something, you have to become engaged, says Alphons Koruhama, the founder of Possibility Thinkers. Koruhama says we are faced with a leadership dilemma in our society today due to the huge gap between the youth...

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YALI Voices: The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps – Harnessing Africa’s Demographic Potential

Contributed by Daniel Adugna, AU-YVC Program Manager, 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Ethiopia The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC) is a flagship program of the African Union that recruits, trains and deploys young African professionals from across the continent and the diaspora, to serve in all 55 member states of...

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YALI Voices: How can we inspire young people to use technology for promoting transparency and accountability in West Africa?

Contributed by Sedrick N’Gotta, 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, Côte d’Ivoire After over five years’ experience working in democracy and governance fields, particularly in citizen participation, election monitoring, and advocacy work around transparency and anti-corruption, I realized that one of the serious pitfalls regarding technology and social media was how many...

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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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