The Mandela Washington Fellowship or Young African Leaders has named the 25 fellows who will join the Georgia State University campus on June 19. For six weeks, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies will immerse the chosen fellows in academic and leadership training. Designated a Public Management Institute, the school will introduce the fellows to U.S. models and best practices in public management in areas such as citizen engagement, human resource management, public financial management and the intersection of government with business and civil society.

The fellows for 2017 are emerging young business, civic and public leaders. They are coming to Atlanta from Botswana, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, which empowers young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. Those selected for the program have promoted innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions or communities.

Locally, peer collaborators, selected from metro Atlanta’s business, civic and government agencies, partner with Mandela Washington Fellows and will provide hands-on experience on these models and best practices through the six-week program.

Highlights planned for the program in the Andrew Young School will include:

  • Academic courses in leadership, policy analysis, ethics in public administration, and citizen participation
  • Community service opportunities at organizations such as the Global Growers’ Network
  • Peer collaborations with area business, academic, community, and thought leaders
  • Site visits to state and local government authorities, corporations, and NGO's located in Atlanta
  • Social activities, such as visits to CNN, Georgia Aquarium, and World of Coca-Cola

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program supported in its implementation by IREX. Working closely with the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, host institutions have designed academic programs that will challenge, inspire, and empower these inspiring young leaders from Africa.

Those fellows hosted in Atlanta will be part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted across the United States this summer. The program will close in a summit in Washington, D.C.

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