Emerging African Leaders Programme 2018 - Nominations Open!

29 Sep 2017 - 15:00
Participants on the programme

Emerging African Leaders Programme 2018 - Nominations Open!!

The Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) at the University of Cape Town promotes strategic public leadership development in Africa. Building Bridges, the outreach and leadership development platform of the GSDPP, organizes the innovative Emerging African Leaders Programme (EALP).  In its fourth year, the residential programme will take place from 11-23 March 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Next year’s programme will focus on Africa’s Future: Youth, Engagement and Inclusivity.  The two-week programme will host participants from all ten focus countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The aim of the Emerging African Leaders Programme is to continue to build a strong cohort of innovative and courageous individuals committed to development; with the vision, ethics and skills to bring about change within their sphere of influence. Sessions combine 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. Each participant works with an executive coach both during and following the course, and participants continue their association with UCT through our alumni network. For more information about the programme, see a brief video about our EALP 2017 programme, the electronic EALP 2017 report, and a link to our alumni page on the GSDPP website.

The GSDPP invites public, private, civil society and academic sectors to nominate exceptional individuals within your institutions or networks that could benefit from this innovative fellowship at this point in their career. Please complete the online nomination form by no later than Monday 2 October 2017.

Criteria for nominees is detailed in the checklist below:

     Candidate between 25 and 35 years old

    From one of the ten focus countries Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and preferably working in Africa

     Minimum 3-5 years work experience in a development related field (public, private, civil   society)

     Fluency in English

     High leadership potential

     Demonstrable personal integrity

     Commitment to public service in their field

All nominees will be informed by GSDPP that they have been nominated and invited to complete an online application form. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed during October/November 2017.  Successful candidates will be notified after a competitive selection process by mid-December 2017.

If you have any queries related to the Emerging African Leaders Programme, please contact Mabel Sithole ( of the Building Bridges team.