It is well known that Africa continues to face social and economic challenges. It is also evident that the unfortunate trend can only be reversed through enlightened African leaders, who are eager to address and solve our continental issues, through strong values and unwavering integrity. It was for this reason that the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) was formed in 2003.
Since our inception, ALI has served as a Pan-African initiative with a strong view that Africa’s future lies in the investment and development of effective, values-based and enlightened African leaders.
As the Africa Leadership Initiative, it is our clear-cut objective to develop the next generation of values-based African leaders. These leaders will not only impart knowledge and share opinions, but also guide and lead their countries with integrity.
Our mission has not been an easy one, but through our programme, we have been able to empower a number of leaders who are now shaping the continent in a positive light.
ALI forms part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). This network was established worldwide in collaboration with the Aspen Institute, and consists of other leadership initiatives similar to ALI.
The Africa Leadership Initiative also spans across Africa. It is represented in three regions: ALI West Africa, ALI East Africa and ALI South Africa.
Ken Ofori-Atta, Ali Mufuruki and Isaac Shongwe are the respective drivers of these regional initiatives.
There is an African proverb that reads; ‘tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today’. We believe that if Africa is to reclaim its former glory, we will have to sow the seeds today, by preparing, developing and enlightening our leaders, to address the many challenges of Africa with integrity and boldness. In so doing, we believe that tomorrow, we can all enjoy the fruits of our continent. We see the ALI Fellowship Programme as the starting point of this journey.
The ALI Fellowship Programme provides a unique mixture of seminars, designed to broaden the perspectives of the participants and develop value-based, community-spirited leaders.
We pull together leaders from various sectors of influence such as business, government and civil society. We then provide a safe environment for these leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue, about their respective responsibilities. As part of our vision, we want each fellow to create a positive social change in the community, country and region where he or she lives. The idea is to spur the leaders ‘from thought to action’ by encouraging and requiring the fellows to implement sustainable individual community projects of their own.
Our Fellows attend four seminars (within four days) over a period of 2 years. They also have to commit to carrying out a high-impact Leadership Project of their own choosing — vetted and approved by their peers.
In short, the programme is designed to capture the energy, resolve and talent of an emerging generation of African leaders. We seek to inspire them so they can move from ‘success to significance’. We also want to create a continental community of like-minded people who are driven beyond their own personal success to achieve global significance.