Africa’s award-winning Professional Development Fellowship Program in Impact Assessment (PD Fellows Program) provides practical training and mentorship to the continent’s most promising young and mid-career environmental and social impact assessment and management professionals. Implemented by the pan-African network Capacity and Linkages in Environmental Assessment in Africa (CLEAA), the program has been supported by multiple international donors, including USAID, the World Bank, and Sida. African and international businesses, developers, banks, foundations, philanthropists, and governments are urged to support this highly successful program to improve the availability of qualified, local professionals.
Fellows: Fellows learn by doing, participating in a program that provides practical impact assessment experience in specialized fields of their own choosing while covering travel and lodging expenses. Fellows are connected to a professional network of peers and mentors, and to an international community of IA practice. These skills and networks support their careers – and their careers support sustainable development in Africa.
Hosts: Host organizations provide an engaging learning and working experience for a fellow(s) for up to 6 months. Hosts are provided with energetic, high-caliber, and professional fellows to support their teams and efforts; possible development of human capital for their organization; and demonstrable support to the program as evidence of social responsibility. All hosts receive certificates and letters of appreciation from CLEAA.
Sponsors: Sponsors include donors, corporate entities, governments, parastatals and others. Their support funds fellow selection, training, placement, and linkage to a community of practice. Donors can boost their corporate responsibility profile by reinforcing African capacity for sustainable development in a program that has produced graduates that have and continue to make a make positive impacts in their countries and communities. All sponsors receive certificates and letters of appreciation from CLEAA.