Alafia Francophone Fellowship 2017

Alafia Francophone Fellowship

12-14 October 2017, Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin

Application deadline: 15th July

Eligibility deadline: 9th August

“Building Capacities for Sustainable Social Change”

Français Apply Here

Trying to inspire positive change in the midst of discrimination, violence or exclusion, and resistance is a very demanding challenge that needs to be addressed by balancing one’s energy.

How do young people manage stress? How do they manage their emotions so as to avoid violence? Through the tools of "inner arts", emotional intelligence and meditation, the World Peace Initiative Foundation through its Peace Revolution project offers you once again the opportunity to develop a lasting peace based on the principle of Peace In Peace Out.

Given the particular need to develop young leaders capable of meeting the needs of the continent, we will organize in the Republic of Benin a regional training workshop exclusively for young African citizens who speak French.

After our successful Central and West Africa Peace Fellowship in Cameroon, we are embarking in this experience with you again in Benin.



  1. Empower young people with the tools to inner peace, emotional intelligence, positive thinking and good habits through the practice of mindfulness, self-discipline and meditation.

  2. Connect young people on the continent and enhance their sense of solidarity, compassion and togetherness.

  3. Provide a forum of networking and exchange for future collaboration and partnerships while fostering mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue.


The training starts with 21 Days online self-development program on our interactive platform providing you the basic theory and practice; to cultivate your inner peace.

The fellowship offers 3 day intensive training program providing participants with deeper insights in the relationship between mindfulness meditation and various skills necessary for enhancing effectiveness in their professional and social life. Participants will learn the benefits of meditation in relation to:

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Work-life balance

  • Stress management

  • Non-violent communication

The fellowship in Benin includes:

  • Full or partial airfare sponsorship

  • Free accommodation

  • Free catering

  • Free local transportation

  • Commitment fee of $100 ($50 for candidates of the Republic of Benin)

Everyone is welcome to join the fellowship. But to be eligible for the airfare support, candidates must be between 20-30 years old at the time of submitting application. However, if you are above 30 years old but still want to receive airfare support write us directly at the following email


  • Candidates must be citizens of the following countries: Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Senegal, Niger, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso,Tunisia,Morocco, Libya, Algeria, Djibouti, Rwanda, Burundi, Madagascar.Candidates must have completed 21 days of the online self-development program by August 9th Note that in order to submit the application form, candidates do not need to have completed the online self-development program.

  • Candidates have good proficiency in written and spoken French language. Knowledge of the English language is an asset. However, the fellowship will be held exclusively in French.

  • Candidates should be optimistic, open-minded, show leadership potential, and have a genuine interest in social change.

  • Candidates could be students, artists, journalists, entrepreneurs, or young leaders in local, national or international organizations.

  • Candidates should be committed to getting involved with World Peace Initiative Foundation by submitting a project proposal on how to use the practice of meditation as a tool to face various social challenges in their respective communities upon successful completion of the fellowship.

After completing 21 days of the self-development program, the World Peace Initiative selection committee will make an interview appointment based on your performance, as well as group combination in each fellowship. There is no need to write a request for an interview. If you are qualified, we will contact you by ourselves.

Should you need more information about the fellowship, please contact: Philippe Houinsou, Project Manager at

Watch past fellowships here

Frequently Asked Question

1. What is the self-development program?

The free online self-development program is a 21-day challenge teaching the skills and techniques involved in the development of inner peace. It provides guided meditation videos and daily reflections to support personal development and the practice of mindfulness. You can start the first episode here.

2. What am I supposed to write in the project proposal question in the application?

In this space we would like to know about your plans to give back to your community following  the fellowship. Meditation is a wonderful tool that can help you address many of today’s local and global challenges. So, we expect you to come up with a project idea that can utilize your learning from the fellowship about meditation, emotional intelligence and mindfulness practice  to solve an issue in your community, e.g using meditation to foster non-violent communication in your university/neighborhood and therefore prevent radicalization. In addition, this is also creates a space for you to engage with the Peace Revolution Project on the long term and establish possible partnerships and collaborations.

Visit this page for more information on previous.

3. I am over 30, can I still apply for the training?

If you fall into this category of people, kindly write us at the email provided above.

4. I do not live in above mentioned countries, but still part of Africa, can I still apply?

You can still apply; however, we may not support your travel costs if you are flying from outside of above mentioned countries. Preference will be given to these countries however we are open to consider your application if you are either living or your work is in Africa. Please consider looking out our international fellowships which take place in Thailand and other regional fellowship and camps in various part of the world. You can learn more about Peace Revolution fellowships here:

5. How do you select the participants?

After completing your 21 days of the online self-development program, World Peace Initiative Foundation selection committee will make an interview appointment based on your performance, and group combination in the fellowship. There is no need to write a request for an interview. If you are qualified, we will contact you.

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WPI envisions sustainable change happening when each and every one of us works towards their own self-development. Thus, we have created free and accessible tools for the empowerment and wellbeing of individuals worldwide, regardless of age, race, religion, cultural background.

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