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US Vice President announces $100m investment in YALI

The United States of America has announced plans to pump an additional one hundred million dollars in the Young African Leaders Initiative, YALI.

Vice President, Kamala Harris made this known at the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.

The Young African Leaders Exchange, the first pan-African virtual platform, will allow the Diaspora and other important stakeholders to connect directly with nearly 28,000 YALI alumni from 49 sub-Saharan countries since YALI was launched in 2010, according to Harris.

The expansion will be carried out in collaboration with partners by USAID.

Harris claimed that the e xchange would foster networking, boost the leadership of women and disenfranchised youth, showcase initiatives, strengthen the role of mentors, and encourage young African leaders in their access to grant or internship possibilities.

The new money, according to Vice President Harris, would enable YALI to train and mentor more young African men and women in leadership skills so they may bring about transformational change in their communities, nations, and continent.

Launched in 2010, the Young African Leaders Initiative has demonstrated how skills can change lives in communities and countries across the African continent.

160,000 registered members have free access to online courses and information on events and workshops to develop their leadership skills and advance their career goals.

Reporting By Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Marian Benjamin & Adeniyi Bakare