Regional Leadership Centers

YALI Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) are located at higher education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and offer leadership training programs to young leaders between the ages of 18 and 35. By providing in-person and online training, networking, and professional development opportunities, the RLCs serve as a place for regional collaboration driven by young leaders. The RLCs are a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in close partnership with The MasterCard Foundation and other private sector partners. Each center is managed as a public-private partnership.

There are four Regional Leadership Centers offering training throughout the year. In 2019, the RLCs established YALI Africa as a convening body to connect the Centers and serve as a central point for mobilizing resources and maintaining a unified mandate and vision. To learn more about the RLCs and how to apply for their programs, visit the websites below.

Regional Leadership Center East Africa

Location: Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

Countries served: Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

Language of instruction: English

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Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa

Location: University of South Africa (UNISA) School of Business Leadership (SBL), near Pretoria, South Africa

Countries served: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Language of instruction: English


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Regional Leadership Center West Africa Accra

Location: Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra, Ghana

Countries served: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo

Language of instruction: English


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Regional Leadership Center West Africa Dakar

Location: Centre Africain d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG), Dakar, Senegal

Countries served: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo.

Language of instruction: French


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Partner with USAID to support the Regional Leadership Centers

Each Regional Leadership Center (RLC) is run as a public-private partnership, capitalizing on the dynamism and industry expertise of the private sector, the knowledge of African and American institutions, and the programmatic and educational resources of the U.S. Government.

By collaborating with USAID on YALI, the private sector has an opportunity to build relationships with a network of highly motivated, talented individuals emerging as leaders in business, government, and civil society across Africa. Through partnership, companies are uniquely placed to influence and impact these young leaders by sharing industry knowledge and insights.

USAID fosters a wide variety of partnerships to support the Centers. Opportunities include:

  • Contribute to Center Facilities and Infrastructure: Provide access to financial resources, technology, communications, and capital assets to support Center development and expansion to reach young leaders across all of sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Provide Leadership Development Resources & Experiences: Companies can partner with Centers to host sector-specific trainings focused on leadership. Additionally, private sector partners can lend expert speakers, trainers, and mentors or host Center participants for site visits or internships to support their professional development.
  • Offer In-Kind and Financial Contributions to Support Access to Training: Financial and in-kind contributions such as hotel rooms, flights, and local transportation are welcome to ensure young leaders from all countries across sub-Saharan Africa have access to Center programs.
  • Propose a Partnership: Please contact the individual Centers to propose other areas for partnership:
    RLC East Africa:
    RLC Southern Africa:
    RLC West Africa Accra:
    RLC West Africa Dakar: