YALI Network

What is YALI?

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is the U.S. government’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. YALI was launched in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across sub-Saharan Africa.

The YALI Network is an online extension of YALI that provides members with invaluable opportunities to connect with other leaders in their community and to learn from experts in their field. Explore this page to learn more about the YALI Network and all the ways you can be involved.


Join the YALI Network

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Get Involved with the YALI Network

Free Online Courses and Videos

Do you want to learn what you can do to promote human rights or protect the rights of women and girls? Are you trying to grow your small business? Do you want to improve your networking skills? Have you struggled with public speaking? As part of the YALI Network, you have access to over 25 Online Courses and Video Vignette Series that cover a range of important issues.

Both the Online Courses and Video Vignette Series include both video and written components to suit varying bandwidths. The Online Courses also include discussion guides to spark conversations, quizzes to test your knowledge, and an opportunity to earn a YALI Network Certificate. Take your first Online Course or watch your first Video Vignette Series today.

YALI Network Podcasts and Blogs

Every day, YALI Network members do extraordinary things. You can learn more about their achievements – and access practical information to help you achieve your own goals – by reading one of the blog posts or podcasts.

There are hundreds of blog posts and podcasts on the website with new ones published each week. These posts include everything from interviews with YALI Network members on farming and voter education to how-to guides on starting a business and making the most of your job search.

Online Conversations

You can connect with other young African leaders across the YALI Network social media platforms. Follow the YALI Network on Facebook and Twitter to meet other members and join the conversation.

YALI Network Initiatives

Throughout the year, YALI Network members come together to address important issues across the continent. Through these initiatives, you can join other YALI Network members in raising awareness and taking actions on issues that matter to you.


YALIEntrepreneurs is an initiative to help you find your inner entrepreneur and take your business idea from thought to fruition. If you're determined to create, innovate, and prosper become a YALIEntrepreneur today.

YALIUnites for Integrity

YALIUnites highlights ways that individuals can identify and eliminate corruption.


YALIStands4All encourages the protection of human rights for all individuals.


YALIVotes encourages civic participation through elections and social responsibility.

YALIGoesGreen for Agribusiness

YALIGoesGreen for Agribusiness explores the many facets of agriculture so that you can find your place along the value chain.


YALI4Wildlife is committed to raising awareness and encouraging positive action against illegal wildlife poaching.


Stopping the spread of misinformation is everyone’s responsibility! Find out how you can be involved with YALIChecks.


YALIServes highlights and encourages the positive role volunteerism plays in benefiting communities.

Professional Development

No matter what stage you are in your professional development, the YALI Network is here to help.

YALIGoesGreen for Climate and Energy

YALIGoesGreen for Climate and Energy discusses the many challenges and innovations around energy and its impact on the environment.

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