A 2016 report published by Princeton University’s Innovations for Successful Societies and funded by Open Society Foundations highlights the impact and success of the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) of Liberia. Researchers spoke with PYPP participants and staff, supervisors, mentors in the offices where fellows worked, and government leaders.
The results of the evaluation clearly show that the program is fulfilling its mission:
As of March 2016, 72 young professionals had completed their fellowships. About 90% of the program alumni continue to work in government or are studying abroad on government scholarships. A few fellows have risen to become departmental directors or assistant ministers
Senior civil servants and government ministers identified PYPs as top performers; almost all supervisors and mentors viewed PYPs as integral to ministry and agency operations
PYPs have progressed through the civil service far more quickly than their peers because of their high performance. Several senior cabinet ministers said they believe the graduates of the PYPP will be leaders in future government administrations
- Compared to other government capacity-building programs, the PYPP is a cost- effective mechanism for diverting young, talented graduates into the public sector
To read more insights like this, or for more information, we invite you to read the full President's Young Professionals Program Evaluation Report here.