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 2018)
  • Participate in networking events with the Fellows to share expertise and develop collaborations. (Summer 2018 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 2018 and beyond)
  • Read applications for the Mandela Washington Fellowship selection process. (Fall 2017)

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 2018. 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 2018)
  • Encourage staff to engage as individuals with Mandela Washington Fellows. (see above)

2018 Partners

Institute Partners:

2017 Professional Development Experience Hosts (U.S.-based individualized placements):

  • Ability360
  • Alameda County Family Justice Center
  • American Pharmacists' Association
  • Atlas Corps
  • BiTH Energy
  • California Energy Commission
  • Charter High School for Architecture and Design
  • City of Atlanta, GA - Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • City of Cincinnati, OH - Department of Public Health
  • City of Cincinnati, OH - Metropolitan Sewer District
  • City of Dayton - Human Relations Council
  • City of Philadelphia - Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual
  • Disability Services
  • City of Phoenix - Water Services Department
  • City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning
  • Comcast
  • Community Living & Support Services (CLASS)
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations, Chicago Office
  • Creative Associates
  • Deloitte
  • District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund
  • DLR Group
  • El Pomar Foundation
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Experience Columbus
  • Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department
  • Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Franklin County, OH - Department of Public Health
  • Gallaudet University
  • Girl Scouts
  • Global Entrepreneurship Network
  • Grameen Foundation
  • Hennepin County
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Hip Hop for Change
  • Holtman's Donuts
  • International Republican Institute
  • International Youth Foundation
  • Juvenile Law Center
  • Kromatic
  • La Soupe
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow
  • Maricopa County - Department of Emergency Management
  • Maricopa County Department of Public Health
  • Maternity Care Coalition
  • Montgomery County, OH - Human Services Planning and Development
  • Mortar
  • NASA
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Democratic Institute
  • National Endowment for Democracy
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Office of Senator Vincent Hughes
  • Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons
  • Ohio State University Extension
  • Okayafrica
  • Partnership Against Domestic Violence
  • Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Premise
  • Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation
  • Project C.U.R.E
  • Public Health Management Corporation
  • Radiant Earth
  • Resource Exchange
  • Rotary International
  • SeedSpot DC
  • SeedSpot Phoenix
  • Sheladia Associates
  • Techstars Chicago
  • The Brookings Institution
  • The Food Trust
  • The Smithsonian Institute
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • United Way of Central Ohio
  • University of Minnesota Extension
  • University of Minnesota Regional Partnerships Extension
  • US Department of Transportation
  • Us Helping Us
  • U.S. Institute of Peace
  • U.S. Peace Corps
  • USDA Rural Development - Michigan
  • USDA Rural Development - Missouri
  • USGBC Colorado
  • Voice of America
  • Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives
  • White Ribbon Alliance
  • Women Against Abuse
  • Women's Campaign International
  • Women's Global Leadership Program @ CSIS
  • YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh

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