AECOM Impact Blog: YALI Reflections — How my Encounter with a Fortune 500 Company Changed my Perspective

By: Byaruhanga Chris, ActionAid Uganda and YALI Fellow
Sep 8, 2014 10:00 AM ET
Byaruhanga Chris shares the impact AECOM made on his experience as a Fellow in the Young African Leaders Initiative.

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Over the six weeks I spent in the United States at the Presidential Precinct as a Fellow of the Mandela Washington Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), I gained invaluable knowledge in different subjects.

In Uganda, I manage a project on extractives governance that seeks to create opportunities for communities in mining and oil bearing areas to allow them to claim sustainable benefits from the sector. The project also provides information to the public on the sector to empower them to hold the government and extractive companies accountable.

With this background, I came to America with the ambition of linking up with fellow governance activists to learn how I could deepen my work and make it more impactful. Little did I know that the most important learnings I would later receive would not even be from civil society types, but top executives of a Fortune 500 company — AECOM!

Learn how AECOM's participation in the YALI program impacted Chris' experience.

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