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The League's work in Africa began in 1998 with the launching of a multinational citizen exchange project with counterparts in Sub-Saharan Africa to share strategies for civic education and citizen participation in political life. Women NGO leaders from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe had the opportunity to experience first-hand the League's nonpartisan, grassroots approach to citizen involvement in democratic politics in the United States.
Sixteen NGO women leaders participated in a two-week grassroots internship program hosted by the Leagues of Oak Park/River Forest, IL; Houston, TX, Clemson Area, SC; Oklahoma; Minneapolis, MN; Oneonta Area, NY; Calvert County, MD; Cleveland Heights-University Heights, OH. The program continued with the visit of sixteen League members to the different countries for an intense 2 weeks site visit.
This project was funded by a grant from the Office of Citizen Exchanges of the United States Information Agency.