Discussion Meet-Ups

Fellow engages during a meet-up session

Fellows lead discussions with other Fellows and guest speakers during the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit. Past Meet-Up topics have included:

Advocacy and Civic Engagement

  • Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Civic Education for Citizen Empowerment
  • Democracy & Good Governance
  • Grassroots Initiatives and Mobilization
  • Women’s Political Participation

Business, Management, and Finance

  • Crowdfunding
  • Micro-finance and Micro-lending
  • Private Equity/Venture Capital
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Urbanization and the African City
  • Women’s Economic Participation


  • Education Access and Quality
  • Education Administration and Policy
  • Girls’ Education
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Vocational Training and Workforce Development

Ethics & Human Rights

  • Combating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
  • Corruption, Ethics, and Legal Systems

Environment, Energy, and Agriculture

  • Agriculture and Technology
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation and National Resource Management
  • Food Security
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water Security and Waste Management
  • Women and Youth in Agriculture

Media & Communications

  • Arts and Film
  • Journalism and the Media
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Strategic Communications

NGO and Enterprise Management

  • NGO Management
  • Scaling Up Enterprises
  • Working with Incubators
  • Youth Employment

Peace and Security

  • Countering Violence Extremism
  • Peace Building and Conflict Resolution
  • Regional Security

Public Health

  • Infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Public Health Management