02 Sep 2015 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 SEP (NAMPA) The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to increase from the initial 500 to 1 000 in 2016.
The number of candidates from Namibia is also expected to double from nine to 18.
At a meeting held in the capital on Monday, Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy of the United States of America, Priscilla Hernandez said they have doubled the number to increase the networking platform of young African leaders who successfully complete the six-week long programme.
We will double the number of business people so that when they return, they can have an expanded network, she said.
The MWF was established in 2014 and is a flagship programme of the President of the United States of America (USA), Barack Obamas Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). It is aimed at empowering young Sub-Saharan African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.
Ideal candidates are self-identified leaders aged 25 to 35 years, with proven accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organisations, institutions, communities, and countries.
Each MWF candidate takes part in a six-week academic and leadership institute at a United States university or college in the fields of business and entrepreneurship, civil leadership, or public management.
Hernandez also encouraged all eligible Namibians, including those who think they do not measure up to the opportunity to apply for the programme.
You just never know who the competition will be, so why would you take yourself out of the competition before you never even got started? she stressed.
Application forms are only available online from early October 2015 until early November 2015.