Online Courses

Take free online courses at your own pace and earn personalized certificates in Leadership, Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, Public Management and issues such as human rights, good governance, elections and renewable energy. Each lesson offers video, audio and text transcript options.

Courses are available in English, en français & em português!

Having technical trouble? Try loading the courses on a laptop or desktop computer using the Chrome browser. Didn’t receive your certificate? Make sure you’ve passed the online quiz and filled out the certificate form with the correct email address.

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Frequently Asked Questions

YALI Network Online Courses: How-to

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Do I have to be a member of the YALI Network to take a Course?

No. Anyone with Internet access can take the courses. They are designed to advance practical knowledge of Business & Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Public Management, and Civic Leadership.

The YALI Network is a part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) — a signature effort by the U.S. government to invest in the next generation of African entrepreneurs, educators, activists, and innovators. To join the YALI Network visit and click the yellow “Join the Network” box in the top menu.

How do I take a YALI Network online course?

Go to Once there:

  1. Choose your preferred language from the dropdown menu.
  2. Select a course from those visible or click the “Show More” button to reveal more courses.
  3. From the individual course page, go to the first lesson on the list and click on “Take Lesson.”
  4. From the individual lesson page, click on the video to play it or select “Transcript” (PDF) or “Audio” (MP3) from the tabs. Click on “Next Lesson” to advance through each lesson in the course.
  5. After reviewing all the lessons in a course, click the “Go to Quiz” button. This will take you to the course quiz.
  6. The quiz includes questions from each lesson in the course. Answer every question correctly and press “Check answers” to advance to the certificate page. If you answered any questions incorrectly, you will be prompted to “Try again” and will only need to re-answer those you got wrong.
  7. On the certificate page, complete the required fields and press “Submit and Get Certificate” to get a customized YALI Network certificate for that course. The certificate will be emailed to you and available for download as a PDF.

Do I have to pay a fee in order to take a course?

No. The YALI Network online courses are free to anyone with an Internet connection.

Do I need a username and password to take a course?

No. You do not need to login with a username and password to take the course and the quiz. After you pass the quiz, you will need to complete a form in order to receive your customized certificate.

What do I do if the video is not working?

First  try reloading the page and see if that helps. If the video still will not load, try playing the video at a time or in a place when you know you will have ample bandwidth. Alternately, you could listen to the audio file or read the transcript.

Online Course Certificates

Once I’ve completed a YALI Network Online Course and passed the quiz, how do I get a copy of my certificate?

After you’ve completed and submitted the form to customize your certificate, an email will be sent to the address you provided. Your course certificate will be attached. You also have the option to view the certificate in your browser immediately after completing and submitting the form and download a copy.

Can I change the name on my certificate after it is issued?

No. You will not be able to modify the certificate once you have completed and submitted the customization form. You can retake the quiz to get a certificate with a different name.

What if I don’t receive my certificate?

Check your spam or junk mail folder to see if it is there. If not, you can retake the quiz and submit a new form. Be sure to enter your email address correctly. If you are still having trouble receiving your certificate, please go to the YALI Website Technical Report Form and complete the form in its entirety. We will endeavor to resolve the problem as soon as possible to the best of our ability.

What are the benefits of earning a YALI Network Online Course certificate?

A course certificate does not earn credit toward an academic degree, but it shows you and others that you have the desire to learn and grow your capabilities. You can share your course certificate in the YALI Network face2face group.

Are the certificates recognized by universities?

No, the certificates do not represent academic credit and are not recognized by any universities.

General YALI Online Courses Questions

Are there more course selections?

We hope to be able to offer additional courses in the future. Please feel free to let us know what topics you would like to see. Share your ideas on Twitter (@YALINetwork) or Facebook ( .

Are there study groups for these courses?

We have not created study groups, but you certainly may organize one yourself. You can hold #YALILearns events using these courses. Course discussion guides are available for each lesson under the “Lesson Resources” tab. #YALILearns event planning toolkits are available at

What is #YALILearns?

#YALILearns is a Network-wide initiative to promote shared learning and collaboration among young Africans through the use of the YALI Network Online Courses. #YALILearns is an opportunity for face-to-face engagement, networking opportunities and knowledge sharing around the YALI Network Online Courses. #YALILearns events consist of presentations of one or more lessons from a YALI Network Online Course and a review of the discussion guide questions and suggested developmental actions with a group. Those organizing #YALILearns events are encouraged to submit information and best practices from their events at

I would like to present a course. How can I do so?

(Visit the #YALILearns page for resources and detailed instructions.)

Decide which YALI Network Online Course you would like to facilitate and where you would like to hold your event.

Promote your event through social media (like an event on YALI Network face2face) or send email, WhatsApp message, or SMS to friends, family, and those in your network inviting them to your #YALILearns event. Be sure to provide all the relevant details.

Decide how you will present the YALI Network Online Course, you have three options:

  • Stream the video,
  • Download and play the video or audio,
  • Print and distribute the written transcripts.

To download the YALI Network Online Course files, go to the applicable lesson page, click on the item you want to access (video, audio, or PDF files), and follow the steps you would normally take depending on the browser you use.

To prepare for your event, review the lesson discussion guides for your chosen course and watch the "Designing and Delivering Training" lesson.

Please remember that all #YALILearns events are organized on the basis of educating your community with shared YALI Network resources. Charging a fee for access to the YALI Network Online Courses is strongly discouraged. Please remind others if you see this occurring.

How can I share these courses with my friends?

Please let your friends and colleagues know about these courses. You can email the course page to your friends or share it on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. If they wish to take the courses and receive a certificate, they can do so at

Can I translate the online course material into a local language?

Yes. You may translate the course transcript, discussion guides, quizzes and tests. You are fully responsible for this work and the YALI Network and U.S. Department of State can provide no support for this effort. Any translated materials must be distributed only by you and must not be placed on any YALI Network website, Facebook or Twitter platform.

Why should I update my profile?

The YALI Network is about connecting young African leaders to each other and to resources from the U.S. government. In order for us to ensure that you are made aware of and given access to opportunities like in-person #YALILearns events, meetings, and programs, we need to know about you and where you are located. Many of the opportunities  available to YALI Network members are specific to a geographic location and professional area of interest. Your profile information is used solely for the purpose of matching you with the right opportunity in the right location. You can find the link to update your profile in the latest YALI Network email we’ve sent to you.