Obama Foundation Leaders Africa Program in South Africa 2019

The Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program seeks emerging leaders who have a demonstrated potential for impact, a clear commitment to integrity, and are at earlier stages of their journey in 2019.

The Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program will inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders from across the African continent through a core set of shared values and leadership skills. Together, they will form a network of innovative and ethical changemakers and positive role models who will be well-prepared to create tangible solutions to the biggest challenges in their communities, countries, and continent.

From government to civil society, to the private sector and beyond, They’re looking for changemakers who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the common good within their sphere of influence and have clear potential for impact and commitment to integrity.

Worth of Award

  • The Foundation covers economy class airfare, ground transportation in South Africa, and shared dormitory accommodations during the dates of the in-person convening.
  • Leaders are responsible for covering any costs related to acquiring a passport and obtaining a South African visa.
  • Leaders are required to participate in a 5-day convening from July 10th to July 15th in Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2019;
  • Leaders are required to take part in intense online and virtual programming activities throughout the program year, for approximately eight hours per month. This includes interactive webinars, accountability group meetings, peer review of action plans, and discussions around the values-based leadership and challenges facing ethical leaders;
  • Leaders are committed to ongoing learning and peer mentoring through in-person gatherings;
  • As active stewards of the program, Leaders are expected to collaborate with the Foundation to evaluate and refine the program for future cohorts.
  • From July 10-15, 2019, the Leaders will participate in an intensive convening that includes plenary sessions, problem-solving workshops, leadership sessions, skill-building training, and opportunities to hear from and work with experts from Africa and around the world.
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  • The Obama Foundation does not discriminate based on race, colour, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, parental status, citizenship status, or any other protected status.
  • The Obama Foundation will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure you can travel safely to South Africa and fully participate in the program.
  • You must meet all of the following criteria to be accepted into the Leaders: Africa program.
  • You must be a citizen of an African country.
  • You must currently reside in an African country (it is okay to reside in an African country other than the African country of your nationality).
  • You must be between 24-40 years old by the deadline, which is the closing date of the application.
  • You must be fluent in speaking, reading, and writing English.
  • You meet the basic eligibility requirements for applicants to the Leaders: Africa Program.
  • This does not indicate any judgment of the strength of your potential application or your likelihood to be chosen for the Leaders: Africa program.
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How to Apply

  • Before you begin the application, please take their eligibility questionnaire to make sure the program is the right fit for you:
  • The 2019 application is live. In order to avoid technical glitches or other problems due to issues such as internet access, they strongly advise you to complete the application early.
  • Due to the number of applications they receive, the Obama Foundation cannot be responsible for applications that are not submitted on time, regardless of the reason.

Deadline: Applications will close on Thursday, February 28, 2019.


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