2021 French-African Young Leaders Programme for Young Africans

2021 French-African Young Leaders Programme for Young Africans
2021 French-African Young Leaders Programme for Young Africans

Application Deadline: March 21, 2021

Application is open to any qualified candidate who wants to benefit from the yearly offer by the French-African Foundation. on the basis of a public call for applications and a selection process by a dedicated jury, a collective of Young Leaders who play an important role in Franco-African relations. The selected candidates participate in two week-long seminars, alternately in France and in an African country.

The devastation caused by the pandemic is impossible to express in words.

 Whilst lockdowns keep us isolated at a time when we need each other the most, the challenges facing Africa and France have never been more complex.

The French-African Foundation wishes to identify, assemble and nurture the most promising high-potential talents within the France and African economic, political, academic, social and cultural ecosystem. How can we speed the recovery? What solutions remain unexplored, for inclusive growth to become the fabric of our societies? Where to next? Millions of people are counting on the next generation of African and French leaders to be the answers to the region’s most pressing questions. This year, as a matter of urgency, the French-African Foundation has expanded the capacity of the Young Leaders program three-fold, from 30 to 100 selectees. The selection process will be progressive, gender-free-based and exhaustive to ensure a fair and equal playing field in identifying the 100 people who show the talent, energy and values necessary to provide the answers for transformative change in our ecosystem.

Values of the Scholarship

In France, these sessions will be led by Egon Zehnder, the world’s largest privately held

executive search firm.

In addition, the 100 young leaders will meet with major stakeholders from corporations, SMEs, mid-level business, start-ups, and members of key associations and institutions.

This year, the program pays special attention to the development of France and Africa’s sports industries. Young leaders will be taken on tours, exposing them to grassroots cultural realities. They will receive hands-on workshops dealing with media training, war school type decision-making sequences, and much more.

 Criteria for selection (English only)

How is the project structured? The project consists of 2 seminars, attended by young leaders in both France and Senegal. What’s expected of the 100 young leaders?

After the seminars, the 100 young leaders will deliver a report and case-study based on the resilience of companies and civil society in response to Covid-19. In particular, the report must outline operational recommendations for France and Africa’s sports industries.

Impact of their findings:

The young leaders will be trained in the art of diplomacy, under the leadership of leading PR agencies in France and Senegal, with a focus on resilience, 2021s rallying theme.

The body committed to making operational deliverables to AFD, the French development agency that implements policy defined by the French government in response to fighting poverty and sustainable development.

For further details, log on to the official webpage of French-African Young Leaders Programme 2021



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