U.S. Embassy Yaoundé Congratulates 2021 Class of YALI Mandela Washington Fellows on a Successful Completion

August 26, 2021

Yaoundé, Cameroon— On Thursday, August 26, 2021, the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association, held a closing ceremony to congratulate 17 young Cameroonian leaders who successfully participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship.  Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Mary Daschbach presented to the fellows their certificates signed by U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.  Guests in attendance included Permanent Secretary Mr. Zachée Robert Theophile Benga of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education.

Applauding the recipients on their achievement, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Mary Daschbach said:

“We support young leaders in Cameroon to help prepare them for professional and economic success…we are proud of our fellows who are engaging in meaningful advocacy and civic engagement, exemplary public management, and creative business and entrepreneurship activities.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  Established in 2010, YALI is the U.S. government’s signature effort to invest in young African leaders.  Over the past decade, YALI has grown to include the Mandela Washington Fellowship exchange program; an extensive digital community that gathers more than 700,000 members called the YALI Network; and four Regional Leadership Centers in Africa.

To date, close to 130 Cameroonians from all regions of the country have participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program.  An additional 400 others have attended Regional Leadership Center sessions in Dakar, Accra, or online.  And more than 26,000 are registered in the YALI Network.

The YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship recruits annually; applications are now open online for the 2022 cohort!  For more information, please visit https://cm.usembassy.gov

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