AL for Governance Launches Umholi we Africa Public Leadership Fellowship 

At ALA, we believe in the power of organized and purposeful communities to harness the power of connections to achieve greater impact in their work. That is why we have created six sector communities that drive this agenda. Each community provides an ecosystem that enables network members (alumni, thought-leaders, and established changemakers) to connect to each other, share ideas, and collaborate on initiatives that drive meaningful impact in their respective sectors.  

One of our sector communities, AL for Governance, focuses on addressing Africa’s governance and development challenges by developing a new generation of ethical public leaders. Recently, we launched the Umholi we Africa (UwA) Fellowship, a two-year program designed for network members interested in public service.

The Umholi we Africa Fellowship places young people in Special Advisor roles in a Ministerial office (senior officials) and in intergovernmental organizations, where they have the opportunity to contribute to policy and access to connect with different people to grow their network. These positions work directly with the most senior leaders in the host country and allow for the fellows to be strategic aides that support transformation and effective policy in their countries. We envisage this as a model to “fast-tracking” youth’s opportunities to occupy leadership positions in government.

Umholi we Africa’s Theory of Change 

We believe that if high-potential young Africans identify a like-minded community, are able to clearly see the potential to participate and effect policy and identify the opportunity for personal and technical skills growth then they will choose careers in politics and the public sector. And ultimately inspire to change the face of the public sector workforce to one that is diverse, competent, and includes young people. 

Meet the Inaugural Umholi we Africa Cohort

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