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The Role of Youth in Africa's Institutional Development: A Discussion with the Mandela Fellows
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On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, the Society for International Development, Washington, D.C. Chapter, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa (PCHPA), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) will host a panel discussion with the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows on strengthening the role of youth in Africa’s economic, social, and cultural development.

When: 09/15/2015
4:00 PM—6:30 PM
Where: APLU Conference Room
1307 New York Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States
Contact: Elizabeth Healy

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Please join the SID-W Africa and Youth in Development Workgroups, the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa and the Knowledge Center for Advancing Development through Higher Education of the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) for a panel discussion with 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows. The discussion topic will be: “African Youth: Strengthening African economic, Social and Cultural Development Institutions”. This is the second year of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This June, the Fellowship brought 500 young African professionals, ages 25-35, to the US for intensive six-week Academic and Leadership Institutes at 20 universities across the country and the second annual Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit with President Obama in Washington, DC in early August. One hundred Fellows were also competitively selected for a six-week Professional Development Experience at a US institution. 


Three of this year’s Mandela Washington Fellows will discuss:

  1. What is role of African educational institutions in preparing African leaders?
  2. How might Mandela Fellows mentor young Africans in their countries?
  3. As a result of the Mandela Washington Fellowship experience, how are they poised to strengthen African institutions as they move ahead in their careers?

The panel discussion will be moderated by Rebecca Bell, Director of the Education Programs Division at IREX. IREX serves as the implementing partner of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development on both the US and Africa-based components of the Fellowship. Remarks will also include commentaries from the U.S. Department of State and an education specialist from the World Bank.


Light refreshments will be served after the discussion to provide an opportunity for informal engagement with the Fellows.





Rebecca Bell Meszaros, Director, Education Programs Division, IREX 





Eldine Chilembo, Mandela Washington Fellow, Angola


Timi Olaganju, Mandela Washington Fellow, Nigeria


Natasha Issa, Mandela Washington Fellow, Tanzania


Britta Bjornlund, Branch Chief, Office of Educational & Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State 



Africa Workgroup Co-Chairs:


Jerry Brown, CEO, Agriculture Results Inc.


Stephen Giddings, International Development Consulting Services



Youth in Development Workgroup Co-Chairs:


Amy Bernath, Senior Program Officer, IREX


Kristin Brady, Director, Youth Department, FHI 360


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