Africa Policy Accelerator
About the Africa Policy Accelerator
The Africa Policy Accelerator (APA) aims to develop, elevate, and connect the next generation of U.S.-Africa policymakers in Washington.
This CSIS Africa Program initiative enables participants to grow their expertise and deepen their professional networks by connecting young individuals from government, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector.
Each month, the APA convenes to discuss current political, economic, and security developments; tackle an enduring challenge or constraint; and showcase professional opportunities and broadening experiences. Most meetings feature an influential policymaker or industry leader who will lead the discussion and share his or her insights on navigating a successful career.
Since 2019, the Africa Program has welcomed over 100 APA members, creating a vibrant and supportive network of young professionals who continue to engage with one another on U.S.-Africa policy. Applications for the 2022 term will open in the fall of 2021.Apply
CSIS is seeking a diverse and passionate cohort of young professionals to co-create a vibrant learning experience. The selection committee will consider candidates’ professional background and leadership potential, as well as demonstrated interest in Africa policy. Candidates should exhibit exceptional leadership potential, either through experience, promotion, community action, or as witnessed by peers and superiors, and should be able to express how the APA will benefit them as future leaders. In addition, following requirements should be fulfilled:
- Based in the DC metro area
- Under 35 years of age
- At least two years of full-time work experience in a field related to sub-Saharan African politics, security, development, or economics.
How to Apply
Details on the application process for the 2022 cycle will be released in August.
Is there a cost associated with membership?
The Africa Policy Accelerator is free. CSIS will cover the cost of any dinners and engagements that happen onsite or are pre-arranged. Members are responsible for costs relating to any unplanned offsite convenings.
What type of time commitment is expected of members?
Members typically meet for an hour once a month (between 6-7pm) in an informal setting. Additional engagements during work hours may occur but are less frequent and optional. In previous years, meetings have involved in-person dinners at CSIS. Due to the pandemic, meetings will be conducted virtually on Zoom for the foreseeable future.
What is the duration of an APA cycle?
The APA is a year-long commitment, and the next cycle will run from February to December 2022. A newly established alumni engagement committee ensures that members remain connected to the larger community through informal networking events.
I am just a year or two over the age limit. Can I still apply?
While the age restriction has a little flexibility, applicants that meet all the eligibility requirements will be prioritized. We ask that you keep this in mind as submissions tend to be highly competitive.
Is the APA open to college students?
If you are a student that meets the eligibility requirements, you are welcome to apply. However, a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree does not equate to the requirement of a minimum of two years of full-time work experience in a relevant field.
For more information, please contact Topaz Mukulu, Africa Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org