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I wasn’t selected to be a Mandela Washington Fellow. What now?

If you were not selected to be a Mandela Washington Fellow for 2017, you are far from alone. Remember that over 64,000 energetic young leaders competed for just 1,000 placements. For many, this isn’t the first time they have faced this particular disappointment. Former Fellows who have been in your...

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Country of the Week: Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the second most populous French-speaking country in the world — second only to France. However, the people of the DRC represent over 200 ethnic groups, speaking nearly 250 languages and dialects throughout the country! Unfortunately, those diverse groups haven’t always gotten along....

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Is there an art to mediating conflicts?

Being a mediator is not really about trying to understand someone else’s conflict in order to help resolve it. It’s more about working with the parties to get them to understand their own conflict, said Peter Sampson, who works at the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) as the...

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Country of the Week: Rwanda

Our first featured member of the week, Augustin Rugundana, calls civic engagement one of the most important issues in his community. After building his skills through YALI Network courses such as Community Organizing for Action, Servant Leadership, and Management Strategies for People and Resources, Augustin decided to help others tackle...

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Message from U.S. Ambassador Michael S. Hoza to Cameroon’s YALI Network

It is an honor to congratulate you on your extraordinary achievements, dedication, and commitment as young leaders throughout Cameroon. When President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010, his aim was to enhance young Africans’ leadership skills, promote entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another...

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