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The African Development Imperative TADI
TADI: Creating and Leveraging Sustainable Opportunities, Synergies and Impact
TADI: Creating and Leveraging Sustainable Opportunities, Synergies and Impact


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The African Development Imperative (TADI) was established in 2016 to marry the best features of the non-profit sector, think tanks and consultancy firms. TADI's main goal in this vein is to work with young people of African descent at home and in the diaspora in identifying, harnessing and leveraging their skills, aspirations and goals to spur personal and community development. The African Development Imperative's work is grouped into three clusters, viz., activism and governance, entrepreneurship and innovation, and violent radicalisation and extremism mitigation; we also maintain two ancillary programmes which underpin the aforementioned clusters. Additional details regarding our core and ancillary initiatives are obtainable via

As an enterprise largely in its incipient stages, we are seeking one Washington, DC-based intern (ideally an advanced undergraduate or Masters student) who finds the notion of contributing to the development of a new and worthwhile venture intriguing, and is entrepreneurial, self-driven, motivated, extremely-organised, innovative and thoughtful. This internship is unpaid (although this could change as the year progresses), flexible and will commence in January 2017; it could formally end in May 2017 or continue thereafter. The TADI Intern will work from our office in Dupont Circle for a minimum of 10 hours per week.


Depending on his or her interests and qualifications, the TADI Intern will contribute to research activities, proposal development, partnership cultivation and possibly project implementation in the thematic areas with which we are concerned.

The profile of the ideal Intern is highlighted below (this list reflects desired competencies and is neither exhaustive nor sacrosanct).

*Maintains some understanding of, interest in and/or experience with one or more of the following sub-themes: activism, governance, entrepreneurship, deadly conflict, violent radicalisation and other cognate issues impacting young people of African descent;

*Maintains a thorough understanding of the African continent and its diaspora in the Americas and Europe, understands the opportunities and challenges which young people of African descent therein face and is committed to youth development;

*Enrolled in a relevant undergraduate or Masters degree programme at a university or college in the Washington, DC metropolitan area;

*Fluent in English with a working knowledge of French, Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish and/or other widely-spoken languages amongst individuals of African descent especially desirable;

*Possesses excellent drafting, research, communication and interpersonal skills;

*Cosmopolitan, pro-active, forward-thinking and progressive;

*Able to work independently and with minimal supervision

Letters of motivation and resumes (not to exceed one page in each instance) should be sent as PDF documents to before or by 6 January 2017. We appreciate your interest in The African Development Imperative and look forward to hearing from you.

No telephone calls please.
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