2020 Network of Emerging Women (NEW) in Politics Program for African Women

Deadline: January 3, 2020.

Young women around the world and across the African continent are on the rise. Women make up more than half of the world’s population with a large number of young women between the ages of 24 and 35. Yet, young women are largely absent from politics. Critical decisions about the future are made without young women having a seat at the table. However, as the world is changing and evolving, so to must our politics.  We need NEW politics where young women are forces for change. 

The NEW Politics Program is an opportunity for young women who aim to be change-makers through a career in politics to gain leadership and political skills, setting them on the path to hold political office and participate in the politics of their countries. The program seeks to build a network of young women ready to lead and to influence politics in their countries. It will enable emerging young women to advocate for change, interact with prominent African women who have risen to a high level of politics, learn how to build a political campaign, navigate political parties, win elections, and most importantly gain a seat at the table. 


They are looking for young women with political experience who want to be change leaders in their country. Applicants should meet the following qualifications:

  • Between 18 and 35 years old.
  • Citizens of Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone.
  • Fluent in either French or English (both languages not required).
  • Have some previous political experience such as working on a political campaign, within a political party, or membership in a university political group.
  • Able to obtain a letter of support from a registered political party or political group.
  • Willing to commit to a six-month program that will require travel to a one-week training program outside of the country and regular attendance at monthly workshops in the home country.
  • Have a valid passport at the time of their application. 


If you are interested, please submit the application form or the online form in English or French with an endorsement letter from a party leader to the applicable address below. 

National Democratic Institute
455 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20001-2621
Phone: 202-728-5500
Fax: 888-875-2887



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