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The Obama Foundation Leaders Africa program 2024 – 2025

The Obama Foundation Leaders Africa program 2024 – 2025 seeks to build a growing network of innovative and values-based changemakers who will drive positive change in their communities, the continent, and the world.

Leaders Africa is a six-month, non-residential, virtual leadership journey for 35 emerging leaders from across the continent focused on exploring values-based leadership skills and building deep relationships with fellow cohort members. 

The goal of the virtual Leaders Africa programme is to find outstanding leaders in the governmental, business, and civil society sectors who can demonstrate the effect of their work and who have a clear issue focus. Our goal is to establish a network of values-driven leaders that bring about inventive, constructive change in their local communities, across Africa, and globally.

Leaders participate in the following core elements as part of the program:

Weekly Virtual Video Calls These live virtual sessions are the primary form of collective engagement. These connections, an average of four times monthly, offer a mix of new content (conversations with experts, introductions to leadership frameworks, skill-building, etc.) and interactive, small-group work in breakout rooms.

Monthly Community Groups Leaders work in peer learning groups that encourage deeper relationship-building and peer-learning, and offer opportunities to reflect on case studies of prominent African leaders, or discuss open questions from the group sessions.

Individualized Leadership Coaching Each Leader is paired with a coach to help them gain self-awareness, clarify goals, brainstorm ideas, achieve their development objectives, and unlock their potential.

Eligibility

Location – The program currently invites individuals residing in all countries and territories in the continent of Africa.

Citizenship and Residency You must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Citizen of an African country or territory OR 
  • Permanent resident of an African country or territory OR 
  • Have lived in an African country or territory for at least the last 5 years, regardless of citizenship or permanent residence status 

Geographic Focus Your work is geographically focused on creating positive change for local communities, an African nation or territory, and/or the broader Africa region. You demonstrate a strong commitment to continue to focus your work on the Africa region.

Leadership Experience You can demonstrate at least 3 years of relevant experience in your issue area. 

Age You will be between 24 and 45 years of age on August 26, 2024.

Language Proficiency You are professionally proficient in spoken and written English.

Political Campaigns You will refrain from participating in an electoral campaign as a candidate for political office from the time you are accepted into the program through May 1, 2025. Selection decisions are currently scheduled to be sent in July and August 2024.

Program Commitment You can commit to fully participating for the entire duration of the six-month program. The Leaders Africa program is currently scheduled to begin the week of September 9, 2024 and will conclude no later than May 1, 2025, with planned breaks throughout. Exact dates are subject to change. You must be able to attend between 8 and 12 hours of required virtual programming each month, as well as attend required leadership coaching sessions and engage in community group discussions throughout the program duration. 

Jurisdiction and Ability to Participate in a U.S.-Based Program The Obama Foundation is based in the United States. To participate in the program, you must be under no legal or regulatory restrictions that would limit your participation in virtual Foundation programming or travel to the U.S. for in-person programming (if any).

The application for the 2024-2025 Leaders Africa program is now open!

The application closes on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 12:00 PM United States Central Time (UTC-6). To initiate your application, you must register first. The deadline for submission is noon Central Time (UTC-6) on Friday, February 9, 2024. For additional details about our programs.

For more information and to apply visit OBAMA FOUNDATION OFFICIAL WEBSITE | The Obama Foundation Leaders Africa program 2024 – 2025

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