The Mandela Washington Fellowship East Africa Regional Conference was themed around “ Promoting Regional Development in Africa; Harnessing Youth Innovation and Leadership”. It brought together over 200 individuals, including 103 Mandela Washington Fellows from 14 countries across East Africa, U.S. government officials, thought leaders in the public and private sectors, and civil society organisations.
Our very own Hannah Clifford was part of the judging panel on the 19th of May, who had to determine if the fellows could highlight the social impact and profitability of their ideas sufficiently. What’s more, the winners each received free space at any of our locations to help make their dreams a reality.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of YALI that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows are 1000 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders ages 25 to 35.
The Fellows have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. All sub-Saharan countries are represented amongst the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows, and fifty percent
of Fellows are women. Despite their youth, more than 75 percent of Fellows hold mid-level or executive positions.
Improving availability and access to clean water for domestic use and small scale irrigation fed farming among communities in arid parts of Kenya through optimal rain water harvesting.
Wearable breathing monitor worn on a child’s clothing able to alert parents in case of any signs of lung complications to encourage early detection, diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia.
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