Regional Leadership Centers


YALI leadership training opportunities in Africa: Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs)

YALI Regional Leadership Centers are located at higher education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and offer leadership training programs to young leaders between the ages of 18 and 35. The RLCs serve as a place for regional collaboration driven by young leaders by providing in-person and online training, networking, and professional development opportunities. The RLCs are a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in close partnership with The MasterCard Foundation and other private sector partners. Each center is managed as a public-private partnership.

There are four primary Regional Leadership Centers offering training throughout the year and two satellite campuses offering training at select times of the year. To learn more about the RLCs and apply for a training program, visit the websites below.

Regional Leadership Center East Africa

Location: Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
Countries included: Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
Language of instruction: English

Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa

Location: University of South Africa School of Business Leadership (UNISA SBL), near Pretoria, South Africa
Countries included: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Language of instruction: English

Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa – Maputo Satellite Campus

Location: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique
Countries included: Angola, Mozambique
Language of instruction: Portuguese

Regional Leadership Center West Africa Accra

Location: Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra, Ghana
Countries included: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo
Language of instruction: English

Regional Leadership Center West Africa Accra – Lagos Satellite Campus

Location: Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), near Lagos, Nigeria
Countries included: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo
Language of instruction: English

Regional Leadership Center West Africa Dakar

Location: Centre Africain d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG), Dakar, Senegal
Countries included: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Togo
Language of instruction: French

Partner with USAID to support the Regional Leadership Centers

Each Regional Leadership Center is run as a public-private partnership, capitalizing on the dynamism and industry expertise of the private sector, the knowledge of African and American institutions, and the programmatic and educational resources of the U.S. Government.

By collaborating with USAID on YALI, the private sector has an unprecedented opportunity to build relationships with a network of highly motivated, talented individuals emerging as leaders in business, government, and civil society across Africa. Through partnership, companies are uniquely placed to influence and impact these young leaders by sharing industry knowledge and insights.

USAID fosters a wide variety of partnerships to support the Centers. Opportunities include:

  • Contribute to Center Facilities and Infrastructure: Provide access to financial resources, technology, communications, and capital assets to support Center development and expansion to reach young leaders across all of sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Provide Leadership Development Resources & Experiences: Contributions of existing curricula on leadership and entrepreneurship topics that can be tailored to suit the needs of African youth are welcome. Additionally, companies can lend expert trainers and mentors or host Center participants for site visits or internships to support their professional development.
  • Offer In-Kind Contributions to Support Access to Training: In-kind contributions such as hotel rooms, flights, and local transportation are welcome to ensure young leaders from all countries across sub-Saharan Africa have access to Center programs.
  • Propose a Partnership: Please contact us to propose other areas for partnership at africanleaders @ usaid.gov.