Abinet Tasew | YALI 2017 Impact Story

“I focus on sending girls to school so that we can make sure gender equality happens in our communities.” – Abinet Tasew

Currently, Abinet is a Gender and Nutrition Advisor for CARE-Ethiopia, where she focuses on developing and designing concepts, problem identification, and causal and problem analysis to support […]

Admasu Kidewa – MWF2016 Impact Story

Admasu Kidewa is focused on inter-ethnic conflict resolution within pastoralist groups in Ethiopia.

“If the younger generation is empowered and given opportunity to work hard, to influence those who have bad perception toward societal change, we can make about change.”

Admasu spent 6 weeks at the Presidential Precinct as a […]

Zelalem Kibret – MWF2016 Impact Story

Zelalem Kibret is a writer and blogger in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is committed to promoting access to justice for all voices in Ethiopia.

“If I’m going to build a democratic Ethiopia and Africa in the future, then I need to be exposed to a world that has already built […]

Presidential Precinct Helps Forge African Community

Lagos, Nigeria – I am a city girl with a heart for the countryside, so I felt doubly privileged when I arrived at the Presidential Precinct in Virginia for the Mandela Washington Fellowship two years ago. On one hand, I was honoured to have been selected with 24 other […]

Onward and Upward: Disability Rights Advocate Dag Wakene

Original interview conducted by the Stellenbosch University Alumni Office for publication in their Winter 2016 edition of ‘e-Matieland’

Disability rights advocate, educator and lifelong student: Meet alumnus, Dagnachew ‘Dag’ Wakene (33), who for the past nine years, and longer, has been working tirelessly combatting the serious socio-economic prejudice and myriad […]

Straight Talk Africa: Precinct YALI Fellow Dagnachew Wakene on President Barack Obama and the YALI Fellowship

Voice of America

This week on Straight Talk Africa, host Shaka Ssali speaks with Dagnachew Wakene, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a Young African Leader who addresses disability discrimination globally at Disability Rights Promotion International and THISAbility Consulting. He discusses his reaction at the President Barack […]

Dagnachew Wakene – YALI Impact Story

Dagnachew Wakene is a ‪#‎YALI2015‬ Fellow from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dag advocates for millions of Africans living with disabilities, working to ensure that everything from urban planning to national legislation is inclusive for people with all levels of mobility. As a person living with disabilities himself, Dag embodies his […]

Edda Zekarias: YALI 2014 Reflection

Edda Zekarias, Presidential Precinct Mandela Washington Fellow (YALI)
Engaging with over 200 bright youth of Dire Dawa and Harar, two vibrant cities located in the north-eastern fringe of Ethiopia has got be one of the most uplifting experiences as my journey begins in 2015.
March 21 and 23, I joined Helawie Sewnet and Saba […]

YALI 2014 Spotlight Video: Edda Zekarias

Edda Zekarias, a 2014 Washington Fellow from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, shares her experience with the 2014 YALI program here at the Presidential Precinct.

Edda Zekarias – YALI Impact Story

August 13, 2014 | Edda Zekarias Mekuria | 2014 Washington Fellow

Edda Zekarias, a 2014 Washington Fellow from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, shares her experience with the 2014 YALI program here at the Presidential Precinct.