YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship 2015 Cohort Video Report – East Africa

YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship 2015 Cohort Video Report – East Africa

[Music Playing] Alice Niyonkuru: Hi, my name
is Alice Niyonkuru from Burundi. Janine Ampulire: Hi, I’m
Janine Ampulire from Rwanda. Averty Ndzoyi: Hello,
my name is Averty Ndzoyi. I am from Republic of Congo. Steve Zita: Hi, my name
is Steve Zita from DRC. Carl Kopati: Hi, my name is Carl Kopati,
I’m from Central African Republic. David Malual: David
Malual from South Sudan. [Music Playing] [Overlapping Speakers] Hyasintha Ntuyeko: I’m a social
entrepreneur who started from scratch, but I had a dream of being
a big entrepreneur and the most vibrant change maker. Alice Niyonkuru: The problem with
embarking on a new path is that it can be a little bit overwhelming
because you have a structure, but you don’t really know if it’s the
best method, if it’s the best plan, and you really need a mentor, a
coach who has been there who can really guide you through it. Hyasintha Ntuyeko: Through the
Mandela Washington Fellowship, it managed to shape me on how
best I can achieve my goals and even go beyond. Averty Ndzoyi: So this professional
development plan is a canvas which shows me every time where
I am with regard to my objectives, and what was not done and
that needs to be done to achieve these goals. Nassim Jahangir: From founding
my own organization and being a director and be able to manage it
at this level is really something that I never thought I would do
but I was motivated and inspired and the self-realization in me
that I’m able to do this helped me achieve all of this. [Music Playing] Janine Ampulire: So as much as
our Fellows have done significant projects and changes in their
communities and on themselves, we recognize that there were so
many social barriers as one of the challenges that they faced
and these were from the different communities in which they lived,
for example, the opinion leaders who did not understand why they
were doing such projects or in some cases where they were working with
women and women are not necessarily supposed to take on such a role in
the communities in which they live. Averty Ndzoyi: Another blocker
we found was job insecurity. Some Fellows lost their
job before the program. And we can also see that lack of
funds was a blocker because many Fellows have not funds
to start a project. Steve Zita: Some blockers and
Fellows have expressed where limited networks and the fact that
they had an idea, but didn’t know who to turn to to implement
them, but also limited skills, as I have the will but I
don’t know how to do it. Speaker: One of the main barriers
the Fellows experienced before their fellowship was the lack
of confidence in regards to implementing some of
the skills they had. So after this fellowship, having
things like speaker travel grant and participating in the general
fellowship, they gained more courage and they were able to do
some of the things that they were not able to do before the fellowship. Janine Ampulire: So as we were
talking to the Fellows, most of them kept highlighting how the
leadership development plan has been an enabler for them
to implement a project, the businesses, or the
ideas that they had. And for many reasons, most of them
highlighted that the ability to identify an essential question
and the ability for the leadership development plan to help them
strategize with putting long-term goals, short-term goals and then
putting activities that would help them achieve their long-term goals
or their idea was really key in helping them achieve whatever they
managed to do in the last one year. So this has been a very important
enabler to most of the Fellows and it has supported them to take
their businesses or their projects to the next level. David Malual: Many Fellows
mention the Regional Advisory Board as an enabler into what they are
doing mostly inspiration, taking inspiration from fellow members,
but also the RAB became a source of information for them. Speaker: And another enabler we
saw from the Fellows is that the grants they received, both from
USAID and the seed grants from the different embassies and the
Innovation Fund, helped them to be able to scale either their
businesses or start new initiatives and to continue on their
different vision and goals. Carl Kopati: We have also
observed that many change among our Fellows that is a result of the
mentorship that impacts their personal development, their
community work and also in their job. Speaker: One of the most
significant change as reported by Fellows is the skills that
they gain, the skills in writing reports, the skill in doing
project evaluation and monitoring, the skills in actually
speaking and communication. Alice Niyonkuru: One of the
changes that we found was that a lot of the Fellows experienced
a changed leadership perspective where they had one idea in their
mind until after the program where they were influenced to think in
another way in terms of leadership. We also found that some were able
to lead others into gaining more leadership skills. So we saw a little bit of change
in the leadership influence aspect. Steve Zita: Some of the main
changes we found in our Fellows was personal growth where they
said that they grew as leaders, but also a clear action plan. So some knew what they wanted to
do and where they wanted to go and actually they take an action, put
in action what they decided to do. [Music Playing]

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