Professor Chris Roederer has been appointed to the Reading Committee for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders for 2018. This will be his fifth year in a row as a reader. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders was the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). President Obama launched YALI to support young Africans as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship brings young leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training and creates unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries. Readers are tasked with reading, evaluating and scoring the applications to the Fellowship and deciding whether to recommend any given applicant to the Fellowship.