Since 2014, The University of Texas at Austin has hosted the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (MWF-YAL), the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.
During their six weeks on the Forty Acres, 25 emerging entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa are immersed in a world-class Business and Entrepreneurship Institute developed in collaboration with the McCombs School of Business. This dynamic and holistic institute, made up of six components listed below, allows these young professionals to develop the skills needed to shape the future of their continent—and the world.
The MWF – YAL Institute at UT is made up of the following components:
- Academic Coursework
- Site Visits to local businesses
- Leadership Development Sessions
- Networking Opportunities
- Community Service
- Cultural Activities
Peer Collaborator Program – Collaborate with an MWF Fellow working in your field through this one-on-one networking program.
Overnight Homestay - Host one of our MWF Fellows for a night and participate in a unique cultural exchange!
Program page - Home page for program participants
Meet the fellows - Meet this years MWF Fellows and read their biographies.
- Barbecue and the Global Economy (UT News)
- African Entrepreneurs Celebrate Nelson Mandela Day in Austin (kxan)
- Girls & Tech: Q&A with Mandela Washington Fellow Marlise Montcha (International Office)
- African Entrepreneurship Exchange Offers Case for Cautious Optimism (McCombs Today)
- YALI summit connects leaders (MSNBC)
- How Adepeju Jaiyeoba is saving mothers & babies in Nigeria through her social enterprise (Under35CEO)
- Young Africans learn business tips during S.A. Visit (San Antonio Express News)
- Three to Watch: Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs Come to UT (Alcalde)
- UT Global Initiative Hosts Leadership Training for Young African Entrepreneurs (Life & Letters)
- Entrepreneur Looks Beyond Africa's Problems to Focus on Solutions (NPR)
- Meet Ndeye Absa Gningue (Voice of America)
- The President Holds a Town Hall with Young African Leaders (The White House)
- Meet Two African Women at UT With Ideas for Improving Access to Some Basic Needs (KUT Austin)
- Young African Leaders Initiative: Washington Fellowship (Zambia Blogtalkradio)
- 2014 Mandela Washington Fellows (Good Morning Namibia)