YALI Southern Africa Regional Leadership Program 2023 (Cohort 22 & Online Programme Cohort 16)


Application Deadline: 3rd February 2023 (23:59 South Africa Standard Time).

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa (RLC SA) is hosted by the University of South Africa at the Graduate School of Business Leadership in Midrand, South Africa. The RLC SA aims to create critical thinkers who can solve complex, multidisciplinary problems; foster entrepreneurial and innovative thinking, and encourage cross-border communication and multicultural collaboration. The RLC SA develops the skills of young African leaders by providing core training in contemporary African issues, as well as specialized training in three key areas: Business and Entrepreneurship; Civic Leadership, and Public Management.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age (18-35)
    • Demonstrated commitment to positively impact their communities, countries, and the African continent
    • Proven experience and track record in Public Management, Business, Entrepreneurship, or Civic Leadership
    • Citizenship of: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, or Zimbabwe.
    • Ability to commit to a two-weeks online and three-weeks residential programme
    • English language proficiency

The Program encourages Applications from

• Rural based and economically disadvantaged young leaders
• Young leaders with disabilities
• Women
• People who are HIV positive or who are living with AIDS
• Individuals that represent and advocate for the rights of LGBTIQ communities across the region
• Other minority groups
• English language proficiency

The cohort 22 is hybrid, consisting of both online (17 Apr – 30 Apr 2023) and in-resident (15 May – 04 Jun 2023) & Online Cohort 16 is fully online (03 Apr – 21 May 2023)

Apply Now for the YALI RLC SA Cohort 22 & Online Programme Cohort 16

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the YALI Southern Africa Regional Leadership Program 2023