YALI RLC West Africa Emerging Leaders Program 2024


YALI RLC West Africa Emerging Leaders Program 2024 application is out. The YALI RLC West Africa is looking for young men and women who are ready to embrace leadership and work hard to transform their countries. The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by the United States government. As a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

YALI RLC West Africa Emerging Leaders Program 2024

The Emerging Leaders program will teach young African leaders about modern leadership. Over phases delivered in-person or online and the remaining 12 weeks distributed equally. Among a mentorship program, internship or community service, and a report writing period.

Program Tracks

Business and entrepreneurship:

This track caters to the range of emerging or aspiring entrepreneurs. Who expect to take on leadership roles within the private sector or build their business ventures in the continent.

Civil society management:

This track is oriented to those who are or aspire to be civically engaged and serve the public through non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, or volunteerism.

Public Policy and Management:

This track is tailored to those who work or aspire to work in any level of government (including elected positions), regional organizations such as the African Union or the West Africa community, international organizations such as the United Nations, or other publicly minded organizations or think tanks.

Benefits of YALI RLC West Africa Emerging Leaders Program 2024

At the end of the program, participants will be awarded a certificate and become a member of the YALI alumni.

Participants will be taken through various forms of leadership training to prepare them for leadership roles in their various endeavors.


Competition for the YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa is merit-based and open to young West African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are 18 to 35 years of age at the time of application submission?
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Ivory, Coast, Cameroon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Burkina Faso.
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are eligible to receive any necessary visa to Ghana.
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, listening, and speaking English.

Selection Criteria

Selection for participation in Cohort 47 (Online) of the YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa, Accra will be conducted as a merit-based, open competition. All eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel and shortlisted. Shortlisted applicants will then be interviewed before a final selection is made and an invitation to join the program is issued.

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications:

  • Demonstrated leadership in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
  • Active engagement in public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • Strong social and communication skills.
  • An energetic, positive attitude.
  • A demonstrated knowledge, interest, and professional experience in the sector/track selected.
  • A commitment to apply leadership skills and training to benefit your country and/or community after the program.
  • Applicants will not be discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, color, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Application Deadline: Ongoing