YALI LL Diaspora Engagement

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African Diaspora Network is partnering with Arizona State University to implement a USAID $80 million award to empower Africa’s youth through the Young African Leaders Initiative Legacy Localization (YALI LL) Project. The award is part of the Biden administration’s commitments made at the 2022 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to develop and expand initiatives to empower African institutions and people.
The Young African Leaders Initiative Legacy Localization (YALI LL) will work with the Education and Youth division of USAID’s Africa Bureau to advance the goal of establishing YALI Africa, a pan-sub-Saharan Africa organizational entity that will continue expanding the work of the YALI Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) in providing transformative leadership training to diverse African youth and linking alumni to opportunities.
This project is implemented by ASU’s International Development Initiative and draws on the capabilities of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Initiative and EdPlus. In addition to the African Diaspora Network, key YALI LL partners include FHI 360Geeks Without Frontiers, N50 and CoELIB at Egerton University in Kenya. An African team of experts will implement day-to-day activities across 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, operating from four hubs based in Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Accra, Ghana; and Pretoria, South Africa.

Four YALI Regional Leadership Centers

ADN is delighted to work with the 4 YALI Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) through YALI LL, engaging and supporting the RLCs in connecting with and mobilizing African diaspora globally and within the continent to mentor, partner and collaborate with YALI alumni across 49 African countries.

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African Diaspora Network supports the Young African Leaders Initiative Legacy Localization (YALI LL) Project with diaspora engagement including:

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Omolayo Nkem Ojo

OMOLAYO Nkem Oyudo

Director of Programs and Operations

Omolayo is a multi-lingual strategist and researcher with over ten years experience in international development and has worked with or for African diaspora communities across the US, Europe and Africa to mobilise, impact and advocate for their needs and interests. Omolayo holds an MSc with Distinction in Migration, Mobility and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Prior to joining ADN, Omolayo was a research manager and gender specialist at DMA Global where she oversaw key projects for organisations such as the World Bank, IOM and others.


Associate Director of Programs and Operations

Megan runs ADN’s African Diaspora Investment Symposium and Impact and Innovation Forums, ADN’s signature conference series, and shares the impact of ADN’s program through social and digital media. She believes digital media is a powerful tool in telling the narrative of changemakers making the world a better place each day.


YALI LL Diaspora Engagement Program Lead

Faduma is a cross-continental economic development expert with over a decade-long background in project/program management, global affairs and community engagement. She holds a Masters in Global Affairs and Management from the Thunderbird School of Management at Arizona State University. Before joining ADN, Faduma was the Lead, Partner Programmes at the African Management Institute, driving world-class programme delivery by establishing project management best practices and supervising the implementation of 30+ pan-african multi-sectoral programmes.
Fatima Diallo

Fatima Diallo

YALI LL Diaspora Engagement Associate

Fatima is a specialist in International Development, Research, Education, Digital Media Management, Community Outreach & Engagement, and Program/Project Coordination. She holds a Bachelor Degree double major in International Development & Social Change as well as in French and Francophone Studies. She is passionate about building tangible sustainable development and impact for Africa and its Diaspora.


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