Howard University, located in Washington, DC, is pleased to serve as your host in our Public Management Institute. 

Howard University values diversity, which can be observed in the administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as, in the wide range of academic programs, services, and research that is pursued each day. In addition to educating bright, talented students from the US and throughout the African Diaspora, Howard University is also engaged in several training, education, and capacity building initiatives throughout Africa. One of such programs is The Mandela Washington Fellowship.


The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities. The Fellowship, which began in 2014, has already engaged 2,000 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the United States Government. The U.S. components are administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and supported by IREX, a U.S. non-governmental agency.

The overarching objective of the Howard University Mandela Washington Fellowship Public Management Institute is to provide a culturally diverse experience to young African leaders to assist in the building of capacity as it relates to public management on the African continent.