Aspen Global Innovators Group

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  • USA

Aspen Global Innovators Group, in collaboration with the Senegal-based, international advocacy, public affairs, and campaigns firm Niyel, launched the Impact West Africa Fellowship program. This initiative aims to elevate the voices of leaders with proximate and lived expertise by providing a fellowship experience that centers the expertise of West African leaders. The inaugural Impact Fellowship program was launched in Senegal in 2023, opening an exciting and unique avenue to develop a new generation of powerful African development advocates, in order to advance Africa’s own development priorities. This program will spotlight advocates from French-speaking and English-speaking West African countries, highlighting West Africa’s Francophone and Anglophone key issues. Fellows will be individuals with a proven passion for advocacy and solid track records in activities related to improving lives and influencing meaningful change across the West African region.

We are building a world that centers equity, justice, and values based leadership in all sectors that are advancing health and equitable development.
Talking without follow-through is merely a speech, and thinking without an application is solely a daydream. An idea is only as powerful as the impact it inspires. And one cannot exist without the other.
That’s why we’re always on the ground, across the globe, cultivating the local leaders who are driving global movements.
At the Aspen Global Innovators Group, we’re not here just to talk about health and development. We fuel global leaders who are catalyzing equitable transformations in health and development.

Aspen Global Innovators Group Program Components
The Impact West Africa Fellowship program equips changemakers from the region with the skills and support needed to tackle common challenges that affect close to half a billion people across the region’s 17 countries. Each Impact Fellow will participate in an intensive 12-month journey to help them advance their individual advocacy goals. Throughout the year-long program, Fellows continue their professional commitments while receiving tailored mentorship, attending two immersive convenings, and participating in quarterly online training sessions between convenings.

Aspen Global Innovators Group Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be a citizen of and reside in a West African country
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a passion and commitment for advocacy that addresses one or more key issues affecting the West African region
Applicants must have access to reliable internet connection
Applicants must be able to participate throughout the entirety of the program
Have organizational support, in the form of a letter, to fully engage in the fellowship experience

Key program details include:
2 in-person week-long convenings
Quarterly virtual trainings
Professional mentorship support
Applicants are required to attend two in-person convenings that typically last for 5 days including all day sessions and cohort bonding activities; tentative dates slated for September 2024 and Jan/Feb 2025
Applicants must join all 3 virtual training sessions; tentative dates slated for November, April, July
Mentorship meetings will be scheduled based on the availability of both the Fellow and mentors; however expectations are that Fellows will meet with their mentor at least once during the month

All travel-related costs for the two in-person convenings including airfare, local transportation, lodging, and food will be covered by the fellowship.

May 1, 2024 – Application opens
June 30, 2024 – Application close
July 2024 – Successful applicants will be invited to participate in an interview
Early August 2024- Applicants are notified of the application status
Late August 2024- Successful applicants are virtually onboarded as Fellows
September 2024- First convening in Dakar (Tentative)
November 2024- First Virtual Training (Tentative)
Jan/Feb 2025- Second convening, location TBD (Tentative)
April 2025- Second Virtual Training (Tentative)
July 2025- Final Virtual Training (Tentative)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Aspen- Impact West Africa Fellowship Program;-