Mandela Washington Fellowship Partnership Information

Seeking U.S. Partners: Engage with the next generation of African leaders!

In partnership with the private sector, host country governments, international and regional bodies, and civil society organizations, the U.S. government is building a wide spectrum of high-impact opportunities, available both in the United States and in Africa, for participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders to utilize and hone their skills.

Many local and multinational corporations, NGOs, universities, and regional institutions have become partners and are directly supporting the Mandela Washington Fellowship by hosting Fellows, collaborating with them on new initiatives in the United States and Africa, and offering access to grants, financing, mentoring, and other professional development opportunities. Leveraging the resources, networks, and skills of private partners deeply enriches the program’s objectives by helping to identify promising young leaders and providing opportunities for Fellows to accelerate their growth and leadership trajectory.

Mandela Washington Fellowship partners:

  • Invest in a new generation of young African leaders who are rapidly shaping the continent’s future.
  • Reinforce YALI’s commitment to an enduring partnership between the United States and Africa.
  • Help young African leaders develop skills and networks to build their countries and communities.
  • Increase mutual understanding between Americans and counterparts from African nations.

The U.S. government is partnering with IREX on the implementation of the U.S. exchange component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. If you are interested in working with the Fellowship in the United States or in Africa, please contact [email protected] for more information. Please be sure to explain how you are interested in working with us so that your email gets to the right place.

Individuals can:

  • Host Mandela Washington Fellows for meals, cultural, and social activities during the Institutes in the United States.  (Summer 2019)
  • Participate in networking events with the Fellows to share expertise and develop collaborations. (Summer 2019 and beyond!)
  • Offer time as an in-person or virtual professional mentor to Mandela Washington Fellows after their return to Africa through our facilitated mentor matching support. (Summer 2019 and beyond)
  • Read applications for the Mandela Washington Fellowship selection process. (Fall 2018)

Organizations can:

  • Provide in-kind and monetary contributions in support of the U.S. exchange component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. (ongoing)
  • Apply to host a Mandela Washington Fellow for their Professional Development Experience in the United States in August and September 2019. Placements are typically made in the spring and summer, but volunteers are encouraged to reach out year round. (ongoing)
  • Market your organization at the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit and Mandela Washington Fellowship Africa Regional Conference Partner Expos. (periodic throughout the year)
  • Host Fellows for virtual or in-person professional practicums in Africa where they can contribute to substantive short-term assignments at your offices and learn about your organization. (ongoing)
  • Offer your expert staff as short-term consultants to Mandela Washington Fellows’ businesses and NGOs. (ongoing)
  • Sponsor Mandela Washington Fellows’ participation at your organization’s public or virtual training programs, conferences, trade shows, and events in Africa. (ongoing)
  • Convene with Fellows for networking and roundtable events in Africa on key issues facing your organization in the areas of business, civil society, and public management. (ongoing)
  • Provide your organization’s business products and services at low or no cost to Mandela Washington Fellows. (ongoing)
  • Share information on grant funding your organization provides. (ongoing)
  • Publicize the Mandela Washington Fellowship program to your networks. (ongoing)
  • Encourage staff to engage as individuals with Mandela Washington Fellows. (see above)

U.S. colleges and universities can:

  • Apply to host a cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows on your campus. (Fall 2018)
  • Provide speakers and mentors for a program at another campus. (June-July 2019)
  • Encourage staff to engage as individuals with Mandela Washington Fellows. (see above)

2018 Partners

Institute Partners:

2018 Professional Development Experience Hosts (U.S.-based individualized placements):

  • 1847 Philanthropic
  • 321 Fast Draw
  • Africa Wildlife Fund
  • Agricultural Research Service - Crop Improvement and Protection Research Unit
  • Agricultural Research Service - Healthy Processed Foods Research Unit
  • Alabama A&M University Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences
  • Alameda County Family Justice Center
  • Alliance Theatre
  • American Pharmacists' Association
  • ARTE
  • Atlas Corps
  • Austin School of Film
  • Brookings
  • Carriage House Farms
  • Center for Great Neighborhoods
  • Child Care Law Center
  • City of Cincinnati, OH - Department of Public Health
  • City of Cincinnati, OH - Metropolitan Sewer District
  • City of Henderson, NV - Police Department
  • City of Houston, TX - Health Department
  • City of Philadelphia, PA
  • City of Philadelphia, PA - Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services
  • City of Phoenix, AZ - Public Works
  • City of Phoenix, AZ - Water Services Department
  • City of Seattle, WA - Department of Education and Early Learning
  • City of Seattle, WA - Human Services Department - Homeless & Strategy Investment Division
  • Comcast
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations, Chicago Office
  • DAI
  • Deloitte
  • Echoing Green
  • Fenway Health
  • Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department
  • Gallaudet University
  • Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Global Entrepreneurship Network
  • Grameen Foundation
  • Green Dot Public Schools Washington
  • Health Partners Plans
  • Hennepin Healthcare System
  • Hip Hop for Change
  • Humane Society
  • Institute for Transportation & Development Policy
  • International Republican Institute
  • International Youth Foundation
  • KIPP DC
  • La Terza Coffee
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow
  • Maricopa County, AZ - Adult Probation Department
  • Maricopa County, AZ - Department of Public Health
  • Microsoft
  • Montgomery County, OH - Human Services Planning and Development
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
  • National Democratic Institute
  • National Endowment for Democracy
  • Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons
  • Partnership Against Domestic Violence
  • PATH
  • Peace Corps
  • Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Premise
  • Public Health Management Corporation
  • Radiant.Earth
  • Rotary International
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • Seattle Public Schools - Rainier Beach High School
  • SeedSpot DC
  • Social Enterprise Alliance - Greater Cincinnati Chapter
  • Starbucks
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project
  • The Food Trust
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • U.S. African Development Foundation
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development - Missouri
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Institute of Peace
  • University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Science
  • University of Maryland LGBTQ Equity Center
  • University of Minnesota Extension
  • University of Pennsylvania Center for Global Health
  • Upward Roots
  • Voice of America
  • World Resources Institute
  • Youth Ensemble of Atlanta

Professional Practicum Host Partners (Africa-based individualized placements)

  • Accountability Lab
  • Anza-Social Business
  • Center for Youth Dialogue (CYD)
  • Champs Botswana
  • Cipher 256 Co. Ltd
  • EbolaAlert
  • FACE Initiative
  • FHI 360-Kenya
  • FinMark Trust
  • Green Cities Inc
  • HACEY HEALTH INITIATIVE
  • KAYEC
  • Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
  • Lwala Community Alliance
  • Medilab Diagnostics Services Ltd
  • Microsoft
  • Moremi Initiative
  • Multikids Inclusive Academy Ghana
  • National Gay and Lesbians Human Rights Commission
  • NOPE
  • Plumtree Development Trust
  • Southern Africa Trust
  • Springboard Organic Farms
  • Totohealth
  • VSO Ethiopia
  • VSO Uganda
  • West African Vocational Education (WAVE)
  • Witzing Group Nigeria
  • WOFAK Kenya
  • Women for Change Cameroon
  • World Vision
  • Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa
  • Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Association
  • Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development