Partnership Information


Seeking 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.

Already, many local and multinational corporations, NGOs, universities, and regional institutions have become partners and are directly supporting the Mandela Washington Fellowship by hosting Fellows, developing new initiatives with Fellows, offering access to grants and financing, and placing Fellows on advisory boards. Leveraging the resources, networks, and skills of private partners can deeply enrich the program 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.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is designed to increase connections and mutual understanding between Americans and counterparts from African nations. The U.S. Government welcomes your partnership in this!

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 partnering with us, please contact [email protected] for more information (and please be sure to explain how you are interested in partnering with us so that your email gets to the right place). If you are interested in engaging with the Mandela Washington Fellowship in Africa, please contact also [email protected] and specify how you would like to get involved.

Individuals can:

  • Host Mandela Washington Fellows for meals, cultural, and social activities.  Some of the best experiences during the exchange are day to day interactions with Americans.  For Fellows who are far away from home, it is especially comforting to find families to go to church, mosque, or temple it is with. (Summer 2017)
  • Become a Peer Collaborator!  Peer collaborators offer expertise to and/or seek collaboration with a Mandela Washington Fellow who is working in a similar field. (Summer 2017 and beyond!)
  • Read applications for the Mandela Washington Fellowship selection process (November 2016).
  • 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 2017 and beyond)
  • Get to know a Mandela Washington Fellow and share his/her experience with your friends, family, and colleagues.  We love to see organizations feature Fellows and the Fellowship in their newsletters. (Summer 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.  (Fellows will be in residence for six weeks in August and September 2017, placements are typically made in the Spring/Summer 2017 but volunteers are encouraged to reach out year round).
  • 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)
  • Encourage staff to engage as individuals with Mandela Washington Fellows (see above).
  • 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)
  • Market your organization at Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit and Mandela Washington Fellowship Africa Regional Conference Partner Expos. (periodic throughout the year)
  • 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)

U.S. Universities can:

  • Apply to host a cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows on your campus. IREX is currently accepting proposals to implement institutes in the summer of 2017. The application deadline is October 21, 2016. Click here for more information.
  • Provide speakers and mentors for a program at another campus. (June-July 2017)
  • Encourage staff to engage as individuals with Mandela Washington Fellows (see above). 

2016 Partners

 University Partners Professional Development Experience Hosts (U.S.-based individualized placements):  Professional Practicum Host Partners (Africa-based individualized placements):
Appalachian State UniversityArizona State University
Bridgewater State University
Cambridge College
Clark Atlanta University 
Dartmouth College
Drake University
Duquesne University
Florida International University
Georgia State University
Howard University
Indiana University
Kansas State University
Lincoln University
Northwestern University
The Ohio State University
Portland State University
Presidential Precinct (consortium with the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary)
Purdue University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Syracuse University
The University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of Delaware
University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Maine
University of Minnesota
The University of Nevada, Reno 
University of Notre Dame
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin – Stout
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wagner College
Africa Venture Partners
Atlas Corps
Brookings Institution
Brooklyn Academy of Music
California Energy Commission
Catholic Relief Services
Center for International Private Enterprise
City of Cincinnati, OH – Department of Public Health
City of Cincinnati, OH – Metropolitan Sewer District
City of Columbus Department of Public Health
City of Philadelphia, PA – Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services
City of Phoenix Public Works
Community Living & Support Services (CLASS)
Creative Associates
Echoing Green
El Pomar Foundation
Equal Rights Washington
Federal Communications Commission
First Solar
Franklin County, OH – Department of Public Health
Gallaudet University
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Global Integrity
Hennepin County, MN
Hennepin County, MN- Medical Center
International Executive Service Corps (IESC)
International Republican Institute
Juvenile Law Center
Lutheran World Relief
Maricopa County, AZ – Department of Public Health
Maricopa County, AZ – Planning & Development Department
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Maternity Care Coalition
Matter Chicago
Mercy Corps DC
Miami Parent to Parent
Miller Poultry
Montgomery County, OH – Department of the Environment
Montgomery County, OH – Human Services Planning and Development
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Endowment for Democracy
National Parks Service
Netter Center for Community Partnerships
New American Pathways (Refugee Family Services)
NHS Human Services
Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser
Office of Senator Chris Coons
Ohio State University – Office of the Registrar
Partnership Against Domestic Violence
PeaceTech Lab
Pikes Peak United Way
Prince George’s County, MD Economic Development Commission
Project CURE
Public Health Management Corporation
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation
Rotary International
Seattle Public Schools
Sheladia Associates
Standard Chartered Bank
The Food Trust
The Nature Conservancy
The Wilderness Technology Alliance
Theo Chocolate
Thrive SW Pennsylvania
United Cerebral Palsy
United Way of Central Ohio
University of Maryland LGBTQ Resource Center
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center -Magee Women’s Hospital
University of Pittsburgh Nursing School
US Africa Development Foundation
US Department of Agriculture – Columbia, SC
US Department of Transportation
US Institute of Peace
US Peace Corps
USGBC Colorado
Vitalyst Health Foundation
Voice of America
Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives
Western Union
Women’s Campaign International
World Institute on Disability
World Resources Institute
Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project
Accountability Lab
Africa Capacity Alliance
Alpha Cottages
Alpha Media Holdings
Amatheon Agri
Ambassadors Initiative For Development and Empowerment
Anza-Social Business
B-Bovid Limited
BiolaAlibi Media
Cipher 256 Co. Ltd
Cobati Uganda
Comitato Internazionale Per Lo Sviluppo Dei Popoli (CISP-East Africa)
Deaf Resource Center
Development Support Institute
ECOWAS Commission
FAO Namibia
Fate Foundation
Freedom Foundation
Freedom Radio
Freedon for Life Initiative
Growth and Employment in States – Wholesale and Retail Sector (GEMS4)
Havenhill Synergy Ltd
Hello Tractor
I Choose Life
Innovation Hub
Intergovernmental Authority for Government (AU)
International Centre for Leadership Development Nigeria
International Labour Organization
Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation
Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation
Kenya National Commision on Human Rights
Key Health Solutions
Kumakomo Community Radio Station
Meaningfull Life International (MLI)
Media Foundation for West Africa
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Republic of Liberia
Moving the Goalpost-Kilifi
Multiple Foundations
National Organization of Peer Educators
National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections
Noah’s Ark Communications Limited Nigeria
Partners West Africa
Peace Corps Uganda
Pencils of Promise
Plan International Ethiopia
Plan International Kenya
Plan International Mali
Quartile Capital
Ramani Geosystems
Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria
Silverleaf Academy
Social Watch Benin
Sonke Gender Justice
Tax Justice Network
Terre des Hommes Foundation
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
The Loving Hand
Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health
UN Women
University of Botswana
VSO Ethiopia
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding-MALI
Women Empowerment Link
Women in Engineering
World Food Programme
Youth Alive Kenya
Youth for Peace Building and Development in Africa


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