It is not easy to sing alone: Lessons from the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship

June 22nd, 2017|

By: Dzikamai Bere, 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Zimbabwe

The Power of Place
The question I keep asking young leaders from Africa is: What is Africa’s greatest challenge?

Monday, June 19 marked the official kick off the Mandela Washington Fellowship at the Presidential Precinct in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is a very personal […]

African leaders headed to Virginia to discuss democracy, rule of law, and peace-building at area’s top institutions

June 10th, 2017|


Charlottesville, VA – The African continent represents six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world. Its youth population, already over 200 million, is predicted to grow by 42% before the year 2030, leaving many to look towards Africa’s youth as leaders not only within their continent, […]

Precinct alumnus awarded prize for supporting transparency and accountability across Africa

May 30th, 2017|

Just about a year ago, Terry Mutsvanga arrived in Charlottesville as a Mandela Washington Fellow. He came with a pervading passion for human rights and the restoring of transparency in governments. Now, in addition to producing and screening his own documentaries, Terry has joined together with other Mandela Washington […]

Global Founders | Episode 04: Next Steps for the Chibok Girls (with Bukky Shonibare)

May 28th, 2017|




Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth

May 25th, 2017|

Originally published by the London School of Economics and Political Science
May 3, 2017

Martin Namasaka , alumni from the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL), looks at three examples of African led initiatives that are building solid foundations to help countries optimise their demographic dividend.

Traceable to the continent’s exceptionally slow rate […]

Promoting human rights through art in Mauritius

May 25th, 2017|

In Mauritius, although homosexuality and trans identity are not illegal, they remain taboo and absent from legislative frameworks. Sandrine Julien, a Precinct alumna from the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship, is working to change that.

The Collectif Arc-en-Ciel (CAEC) is the main association working for the Human Rights of LGBT persons […]

April 2017 Newsletter

May 16th, 2017|

The April 2017 Monthly Newsletter for the Presidential Precinct.


March 2017 Newsletter

May 16th, 2017|

The March 2017 Monthly Newsletter for the Presidential Precinct.


For Virginia, 2019 is an opportunity to assemble emerging global leaders

May 16th, 2017|

Originally published by the Richmond Times Dispatch
March 25, 2017
By James B. Murray Jr.

When it comes to history and government, Virginia has a special trust and a unique opportunity.

Four centuries ago at Jamestown, the colony that would grow into a self-governing commonwealth and then a powerful free nation had its […]

Precinct earns Jefferson Trust grant for Global Leadership Forum

April 26th, 2017|

April 26, 2017 – Last week, the Presidential Precinct joined with 160 other initiatives that have been funded by the Jefferson Trust since 2006, earning $50,000 in preparation for the 2017 Global Leadership Forum. The Jefferson Trust is an initiative of the University of Virginia Alumni Association, and its […]