The Mandela Washington Fellowship 2021 cohort are Burama Dampha, Ida Faal, Aji Sainey Kah, Lala Touray, Esther King, Amadou G. Jallow, and Samba Jaiteh. They completed the fellowship in the following subject areas: Business Leadership, Public Management, and Civic Leadership.
CDA Scott explained that the Mandela Washington Fellowship chooses established young leaders with a proven record in initiating and promoting positive change in their communities.
Vice President Dr. Isatou Touray congratulated the fellows on their achievements and gave examples from her own work and activism to encourage them to continue bringing positive change in their communities.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s fellowship was virtual, and fellows demonstrated outstanding resilience. Secretary of State Blinken, in his remarks at Mandela Washington Summit, recognized Amadou Jallow, a Public Management fellow, for his goal of creating a regulatory framework for clean energy technologies in The Gambia.
Since its inception in 2014, The Gambia has named 51 Mandela Washington Fellows. The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is the United States’ signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.