Looking ahead to prepare the next generation of African leaders, this two-week residential leadership development programme provides young African leaders with a learning space in which to acquire important knowledge on the most important issues facing the continent. Participants are exposed to and engage with leading African experts and practitioners on global and continental development challenges. Participants also have the opportunity to acquire certain ‘soft’ leadership skills to assist them to be more effective. A number of factors are taken into account in selecting participants, most crucially their engagement in public life and their potential career trajectory and influence.
Leading in Public Life is the name of the leadership development intervention that is core to the Building Bridges Programme. The goal is to build a strong cohort of innovative and courageous African leaders committed to public service, with vision, ethics and the necessary skills to bring about needed change within their sphere of influence.
The fully-funded two week residential programme combines quality inputs from African thought leaders on key issues, the development of core leadership skills, and the practical application of concepts and tools in real-life situations. In addition, each participant will be allocated an executive coach to provide support and guidance, both during and following the course.
Leading in Public Life focuses on four core leadership capacities:
1. Capacity to be an effective and courageous ethical agent
2. Capacity to drive change and innovation
3. Capacity to leverage networks and alliances for collaborative actions
4. Fostering African solutions for African and global problems
Each of the above themes has a number of topic areas and practical tools that will ensure a highly interactive and rewarding experience where the “knowledge in the room” will allow participants to learn from each other and also to be stretched as leaders, prepared to excel even more within their areas of influence in public life.
The candidate profile for Leading in Public Life is an early to mid-career African male and female professional (aged 25 – 35) with a minimum of 3-5 years’ work experience in the following sectors: public, NGO, research, multi-lateral institution, media, arts, business or social entrepreneurship. Successful participants must demonstrate high leadership potential, personal integrity, a commitment to public service and be passionate about development in Africa. For the inaugural programme they must be citizens working or residing in one of the following target countries: Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. In addition, participants must be fluent in English and be in a position to attend the full duration of the programme.