Women Deliver Emerging Leaders for Change East Africa 2024

 Deadline: 30th of May 2024

The 2024 Women Deliver Emerging Leaders for Change East Africa application period is currently open.The Women Deliver Emerging Leaders for Change Program is a two-year leadership development initiative that equips driven young activists with the tools, networks, and trainings they need to strengthen and accomplish their advocacy objectives. Women Deliver has a long history of equitable youth involvement and co-leadership, and it is strongly committed to both gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

The Emerging Leaders Program is a focused, well-resourced, thematically-bound program that will co-create each Emerging Leader’s advocacy journey with them. It is the result of us:

  • Taking stock of a decade’s worth of lessons learned
  • Reflecting on our own transformation as an organization
  • Conducting numerous consultations with youth and partners in the field

Women Deliver will work with each Emerging Leader on developing their journey with flexible funding, support, trainings, and resources.


  • Location: The first region of the Emerging Leaders for Change Program will be East Africa, specifically the following countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
    • You do not need to be a citizen of these or originally from these countries — you just need to live and conduct your advoacy in these countries.
    • Special Exception: If you do not live in one of these countries (but your advocacy work is still targeting one of these countries) because it is unsafe for your to reside there while conducting your advocacy work, you are eligible for this program. If this is the case, you will be given the opportunity to elaborate on your situation in the application.
      • Example: You are an advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights in one of the eligible countries, but live in South Africa since it had become unsafe for you to live in the eligible country while doing this work.
  • Age: Those applying for this program must be between ages 15-29 as of 1 October 2024. If under age 18, you will need permission and consent from your parent/guardian to join this program.
  • Sex / Gender: This program is open to all gender and sexual identities with a emphasis on those who identify as girls, women, or non-binary.
  • Advocacy: Must be an advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and/or gender equality, particularly focusing on advocacy that affects adolescent girls within their communities. Preference will be given for those interested or experienced in our focus issue areas: universal health coverage, the climate crisis, and countering the anti-rights movement.


  • 15 April 2024: The application for the 2024 Emerging Leaders Program: East Africa Edition will open at 12:00am East Africa Time (EAT).
  • April – May 2024: Women Deliver will host two informational sessions on the Emerging Leaders Program. If you are interested in joining, you can register for them below. If you are unable to attend, you can still register for one of them and a recording will be sent to your email.
    • 29 April at 4:00 – 6:00 pm EAT
    • 15 May at 4:00 – 6:00 pm EAT
  • 30 May 2024: The application for the Emerging Leaders for Change East Africa Cohort will close at 11:59 PM (23:59) EAT
  • June – July 2024: Applications are reviewed by a diverse selection committee made up of Women Deliver staff, Young Leader Alumni, and partner organizations with deep regional and issue-area expertise. Of all submitted applications, approximately 60 semi-finalists will be selected for the next round.
  • End July 2024: All applicants will be notified if they have been selected as a semi-finalist or not. If you have been selected as a semi-finalist, you will be invited to schedule yourself for a group interview, the final stage of the application process.
  • August 2024: Group interviews will be conducted with semi-finalists.
  • End of August 2024: Final selections will be made, and all semi-finalists will be notified if they have been selected or not.
  • September 2024: Onboarding of Emerging Leaders starts, including a welcome call. Emerging Leaders will be asked to share information to be used in the announcement of the new cohort of Emerging Leaders and to be added to the Women Deliver website.
  • 1 October 2024: Official start of the Emerging Leaders for Change Program.

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