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Our Model

Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) was created in 2016 to replicate and adapt the Public Service Fellowship model first implemented by President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) in Liberia in 2009.

Through our rigorous two-year Public Service Fellowship, EPL provides a competitive, meritocratic pathway for talented recent university graduates to enter the civil service at the federal level. Moreover, we recognize that it is not enough to simply get young people into government, as they might be frustrated if they do not have adequate support systems. That’s why our model matches Fellows with mentors and provides monthly responsive training to equip them with the tools and networks they need to succeed in complex government bureaucracies.

Through our model, we ultimately aim to improve government performance and governance as well as restore prestige to civil service across Africa.

EPL’s model harnesses seven key components that have proven to be successful:

  • Meritocratic and transparent recruitment

  • Continuous responsive training

  • Mentorship and professional development support

  • Community service projects

  • Travel opportunities

  • Performance management

  • Alumni engagement & career development support

EPL is now working to replicate and adapt the Public Service Fellowship model to new countries. In 2018, EPL launched in Ghana with the selection of its inaugural cohort of 20 Public Service Fellows, placed across nine key government institutions.

By 2023, EPL aims to have recruited, placed, and trained 500+ Fellows into the civil service across 6 African countries.

Read more about our program here