The Challenge

Structural challenges continue to constrain government capacity across Sub-Saharan Africa – the civil service tends to be bigger, older, and less qualified than elsewhere. Building a stronger civil service can accelerate countries’ development, but it requires a government-level shift towards the values of strong leadership, transparency, and meritocracy.

The Opportunity

Based on a successful proof of concept in Liberia with the President’s Young Professional’s Program, EPL offers a compelling opportunity to drive this shift -- by attracting and cultivating high-performing young leaders to help build the civil service from the bottom up.

Why Emerging Public Leaders?

  • EPL provides a proven, replicable, low-cost model for building local governance capacity in resource-constrained environments.
  • EPL fills a critical gap in current leadership opportunities for young people in public service.
  • EPL will support governance in each countries and facilitate cross-country exchange of ideas, training, and immersion excursion trips for its regional network of 500 fellows.
  • EPL has harnessed global interest in pan-African expansion, garnering interest from leaders including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), senior officials in the US State Department and White House, and partner organizations such as the African Leadership Academy, Africa Governance Initiative and Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).