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Our Model

The Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) model is based on the proven success of the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) in Liberia. EPL has an innovative model for identifying aspiring leaders to build local governance capacity in resource-constrained environments. We work with country governments and other local partners to build civil service fellowship programs from the bottom up. 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 who are 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.