United States Announces 2015 Zambian Mandela Washington Fellows

Lusaka. May 27, 2015.

LUSAKA — The United States Embassy is excited to announce that 21 Zambian young leaders have been selected to participate in President Obama’s 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Through a highly competitive application process the participants, nine male and 12 female, were selected from more than 1,000 Zambian applicants. Half of the selected participants are from areas outside of Lusaka, and two participants (or 10% of participants) are young leaders with disabilities.

There has been an increase in this year’s application submissions from 1,030 in 2014 to 1,087 this year. Of the total number of applicants there were 456 females (an increase from last year) and 605 males.

President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative is a part of the commitment of the United States to invest in the future of Africa. The White House created this initiative out of recognition of the critical and increasing role that young Africans play in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

The Fellows will be among the 500 Mandela Washington Fellows traveling from across Africa to the United States next month for a six-week program of leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring. The program is designed to hone the skills they need to serve their communities. Each Fellow will be placed at a U.S. university to concentrate on one of three tracks: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management. Fellows will also have opportunities to meet with U.S. government, civic, and business leaders.