About Us

The Mandela Washington Fellowship Association of Cameroon is the Alumni Association of YALI Mandela Washington Fellows in Cameroon created to unite and expand the Impact Fellows are creating in their Communities.

MWF Fellows are championing various Impact Projects and changing the lives of thousands of people around the National Territory.

Each month, the Mandela Washington Fellows Cameroon organizes at least one Community Outreach service and a Mentoring Program, bringing together over 200 young people and adolescents to discuss on issues around civic leadership, economic opportunities, gender equality and social justice.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2019, the Fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2018, Fellows represented a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Twenty-five Fellows identified as having a disability, and 51 percent of Fellows were women. 

Our Vision 

“To build an association of selfless young professionals committed to promoting positive leadership ideals and committed to their communities and nation.”


Our Mission

“To harness the collective strengths of Mandela Washington Fellows in furtherance of national development”