YALI Network All Online Courses


YALI Network All Online Courses

Take free online courses at your own pace and earn personalized certificates in Leadership, Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, Public Management and issues such as human rights, good governance, elections and renewable energy. Each lesson offers video, audio and text transcript options. YALI Network Online Courses are currently offered in English.

Free Online Courses and Videos

Do you want to learn what you can do to promote human rights or protect the rights of women and girls ?
Are you trying to grow your small business ?
Do you want to improve your networking skills ?
Have you struggled with public speaking ?
As part of the YALI Network, you have access to over 25 Online Courses and Video Vignette Series that cover a range of important issues.

Both the Online Courses and Video Vignette Series include both video and written components to suit varying bandwidths. The Online Courses also include discussion guides to spark conversations, quizzes to test your knowledge, and an opportunity to earn a YALI Network Certificate.

What is YALI?

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is the U.S. government’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. YALI was launched in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across sub-Saharan Africa.

The YALI Network is an online extension of YALI that provides members with invaluable opportunities to connect with other leaders in their community and to learn from experts in their field. Explore this page to learn more about the YALI Network and all the ways you can be involved.


Agripreneurship: A Path to the Future

This three-part course provides information on the various pathways available to young professionals to strengthen the agricultural economy and provide employment opportunities within their communities. From the benefits of food security and how agripreneurs can make a positive impact on society, to a look at the agricultural value chain and how the use of technology and marketing increases the opportunities available for agripreneurs, to the tools needed to invest and partner with agricultural producers to create an successful enterprise.

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Basics of Public-Private Partnerships

Learn how to initiate, implement, and evaluate a public-private partnership – the most effective and efficient means to resolving major societal challenges that are too big for one group or entity alone.

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Community Organizing for Action

Learn how to inspire and engage volunteers to be proactive in their communities and organize grassroots campaigns. 

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Creating and Maintaining Social Enterprises

Understand the best practices in developing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) including partnering with the private sector and government, meeting the needs of a community, and effective youth advocacy.

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Design Driven Entrepreneurship

Take this challenging but vital course on Design Driven Entrepreneurship, a planning process that involves identifying, creating, testing, and implementing marketable solutions for business and social entrepreneurs.

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Effective Communication for Healthy Outcomes

Effective communication is vital to the public’s understanding of health care in their communities. Effective Communication for Healthy Outcomes is a three-part course on the importance of identifying and consuming credible health information, the responsibilities of citizens, government and civil society to provide consistent and accurate information about critical health topics, and step-by-step instructions that YALI Network members can take to develop and implement a health communications awareness campaign in their communities.

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Fundamentals of Business Expansion

Learn how to raise capital and realize growth by using your business model to assess new markets and potential strategies for expansion.

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Fundamentals of Grant Writing

This course reviews the basic steps in drafting a grant proposal for funding, including planning, researching and writing a grant as well as best practices for following up with potential funders. The course outlines the different types of funders, what a grant seeker should consider when developing a project idea and how it could be funded, understanding how a proposal will be reviewed and the financial concerns of funders, what typical elements are included in a grant proposal, and managing the relationship with a funder, whether the proposal was successful or rejected.

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Fundamentals of Starting and Running a Business

Delve into the critical aspects of entrepreneurship, from the process of developing a business, to how to identify and expand in the marketplace, and how to pitch to new investors.

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Fundraising Concepts

Examine the key principles of fundraising with instruction on creating and implementing strategic fundraising plans, designing and executing marketing and communication strategies, and the difference between fundraising for non-profit and for-profit organizations.

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Management Strategies for People and Resources

Explore the essential skills required in leading individuals and organizations including problem-solving, developing teams, or managing situations.

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Responsible Leadership on Transparency and Good Governance

Understand why transparency matters and how governments, businesses and individuals can reduce and eliminate corrupt practices.

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Servant Leadership

Become versed in the origins and principles of servant leadership, including a comparative review of other key leadership styles, the benefits and criticisms of servant leadership, and how to become a servant leader yourself.

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Strategies for Personal Growth and Development

Learn different ways you can develop your business, organization and personal skills.

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Strengthening Public Sector Service

Become a strong and effective public servant by learning ways to uphold transparency and objectivity while being adept at communicating with the public.

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Understanding Climate Change

Find out how climate change occurs, the impact it has on the environment and human development, and the practical and innovative solutions to address its causes.

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Understanding Elections and Civic Responsibility

Photo of a woman looking at a list on a piece of paper attached to a brick wall

Get informed on the role of citizens in the electoral process from the voting process to grassroots organizing to capacity building and citizen advocacy.

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Understanding Human Rights

Examine the history, laws, and protections around the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled.

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Understanding Renewable Energy

Learn how economies and existing power systems can be adapted to a renewable energy future.

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Understanding the Rights of Women and Girls

Learn about the unique educational, economic, and social barriers facing women and girls, and the practical steps needed to alleviate these barriers.

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Workforce Collaboration and Development

Brush up on creating a collaborative work environment, including identifying key priorities, developing staff competencies and ensuring a diverse and effective workforce.

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