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2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application

Selection Process

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.

Who is eligible to apply?

International Challenge on Economics Ideas Competition 2015

The International Challenge on Economics Ideas (ICEI) is an international essay competition aimed towards undergraduate students from all over the world. ICEI is a nonprofit annual event that is organized by the Economics Student Association of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). All participants are expected to elaborate on the theme of “Financial Policy to Create Economic Sustainability”. Since 2006, ICEI has inspired many people to voice their thought via writing, impressing even the judges with the ideas of participant’s essay.


African Innovation Award 2015


Are you between the ages of 18 & 40? Do you have a revolutionary idea in Education, Science & Technology, Agricultural/Agribusiness, Healthcare and Energy? How about a solution that can improve the lives of millions of people on the African continent?


What Youths Could Teach World Leaders on Development Targets

Originally published by the Huffington Post on September 25, 2015. 

At the United Nations in New York today, world leaders are gathering to finalize the Global Goals -- the targets that will replace the Millennium Development Goals and shape trillions of dollars of spending over the next 15 years. There is much high-minded rhetoric here at the United Nations that development is all about people.

From Silicon Valley to Sarajevo: Putting Innovation Tournaments in the Development Toolbox

Representing over half of the global population, youth are a driving force in today’s economy and will lead tomorrow’s. Each day, new businesses and innovative ideas are brought to life by young people. In the development space, nurturing young entrepreneurs can be a great investment. Many organizations provide business skills training, funding for entrepreneurs with strong business plans, and professional mentorship to help youth around the world overcome the very real barriers to launching an enterprise.

Solutions for Youth Employment: A Unique Way of Fostering Private Sector Involvement

A Good Job means equality. A Good Job means opportunity. A good job means excitement. A Good Job means sustainability. These are just a few of the descriptions of a “Good Job” that we heard from youth and others in attendance at last October’s launch event for Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) coalition.

It was at this event that S4YE unveiled a vision for a world where all youth have access to work opportunities that empower them to escape poverty, thus boosting shared prosperity worldwide. An urgent challenge.  A massive opportunity.