Leadership Development

The Pan African Parliament (PAP), a legislative organ of the African Union, was established in 2004 to ensure full participation of the peoples of Africa and their grassroots organisations in governance and economic integration of the continent.
The Pan-African Parliament is hosted by the Government of South Africa. The seat of the Parliament is in Midrand, Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The current President of the Parliament is Hon. Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi from Nigeria. Each member states of the African Union contributes 5 MPs to this continental Parliament. The Parliament holds 2 Plenary sessions in May and October and 2 Sittings of the Permanent Committees in March and August every year. The Parliament is supported the Secretariat based in Midrand.

Purpose of Programme

We are working on establishing the Pan African Parliament Youth Leadership Academy.


The U. S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) is a program for building strong and vibrant networks of entrepreneurs across the world focusing on young science and technology (S&T) entrepreneurs through community lead meet-up groups.

The program aims to catalyze the participants’ networking and entrepreneurial skills to build durable, long-term, supportive networks so that participants can grow their skills and businesses together both in their home country and through a network of contacts abroad.

The initiative partners are  the US State Department, Global Innovation through Science and Technology Network (GIST), VentureWell, LeadAfrika with the CSIR supporting the initiative.


The GIST Startup Boot Camp team was in Johannesburg, South Africa from April 12 – April 15, to teach 32 young African teams how to effectively get out of the building and interview potential customers in order to get the information they need to form a successful startup.

The young science and tech entrepreneurs came from all over Africa. The countries of South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Liberia and Mozambique were represented.

The Boot Camp was led by GIST’s Startup Boot Camp implementer VentureWell. Local partners The Innovation Hub and LeadAfrika provided in-country support.

The instructors were Bob Storey, Frank Rimalovski, Heath Naquin and Todd Morrill, all experienced trainers and entrepreneurs from the United States. George Mulamula, a CEO and government adviser on issues of entrepreneurship in Tanzania also attended to act as the keynote speaker and expert mentor. Local mentors identified by the local partner The Innovation Hub also met with teams to give one-on-one advice.

Over the course of four days, the teams traveled all over Johannesburg and the surrounding areas to complete interviews with potential customers. After completing interviews, many teams pivoted and adapted their startups based on what they learned. By listening to their customers, they will be able to more closely align their startup with the needs of the market.

On the final day, selected teams presented their companies to the public, the media and to US Embassy officials. US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick H. Gaspard spoke at Demo Day, encouraging the participants to continue in their entrepreneurial journey. He also announced all the winners.

The Boot Camp ended with rewards being presented to the top teams. After much deliberation, a panel of expert judges chose the following winners:

First place ($2000): EcoAct Tanzania
Christian Mwijage and Elineca Ndowo (Tanzania)
EcoAct Tanzania utilizes used plastic to manufacture durable, cost efficient and environmentally friendly plastic lumber.

Second place ($1000): Pad Heaven
Florence Kamaitha and Pauline Muthoni (Kenya)
Pad Heaven converts banana stem waste into affordable, hygienic and 100% bio-degradable sanitary pads.

All the Boot Camp participants were asked to vote on which team best represented the spirit of the GIST program. They chose the following team:

Spirit of GIST Award: Green Malasha
Esther Mwale and Chifungu Samazaka (Zambia)
Green Malasha is a Zambian develops renewable, clean, low-cost biofuel in the form of charcoal briquettes, firewood briquettes and fire starters from natural waste.


The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. LeadAfrika was the Southern Africa implementation partners of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Mandela Washington Fellowship program for 2015.Purpose of Programme

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2015, Fellows represented all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Fifty percent of Fellows were women; and for 76 percent of Fellows, it was their first experience spending substantial time in the United States.Main areas of the program were Community development, NGO Leadership, Active responsibility citizenship, Business and Economic leadership, Effective governance and democracy.


TechCamp is a diplomatic tool used to engage/empower specific groups like (civil society organizations, journalists, entrepreneurs and government representatives), by training them on the use of low-cost, easy-to-implement technological tools/concepts, making these groups more effective in the work they do.

Purpose of Programme

The Pretoria TechCamp will focused on Grassroots organizing with special emphasis on Elections/Good Governance, Human Rights, and Climate Change. The Afrika Leadership development Institute was the logistical partner for this Tech Camp. These countries  were selected to send participants: Botswana, Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, DRC, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Mali.


“Youth are a valued possession of the nation. Without them there is no future. Their needs are immense and urgent” Nelson Mandela

Purpose of Programme
The aim of the project is to create youth leaders within the universities and communities that would bring about change, through a process of active citizenship ultimately influencing whole systems including practices, policies and programmes for the benefit of society at large.

Creating opportunities for the youth leaders within the university and community to grow and develop their leadership skills, while realizing socio-economic opportunities within their communities. They will develop personal, team/institutional and collaborative skills building their personal, social and psychological capital.

The young leaders will develop appropriate leadership skills to make an effective contribution towards a winning nation. They will also be better equipped to negate barriers of culture, class, age, gender, ethnicity, power, status, and hierarchy by working as peer leaders on challenges of mutual concern.

Leading the Turn-Around of the

Leadership development to manage and reduce gender-based violence focuses on leadership development within government as well as within civil society organizations. This programme is an outcomes-based learning workshop on transformational leadership development to increase and improve services and care for victims / survivors of gender-based violence.

Purpose of Programme
The purpose of this programme is to strengthen leadership capacity as well as knowledge, skills and attributes to contribute to an improved response to prevent and manage gender-based violence through political leadership, and government offices, including traditional leadership and leadership within civil society.

The main aim is to reduce gender-based violence across sectors in South Africa and to promote the rights and the economic and political empowerment of those who are subject to gender-based violence.

Improving Service Delivery and Organisational Development

The major challenges facing municipalities are related to the ever increasing demand for improved service delivery and the creation of conditions conducive to poverty eradication.
This programme addresses these challenges and particularly the need for effective leadership in local government.

Learning is facilitated by experienced trainers and in most instances the actual work and context of the participants serve as the basis for development. Apart from improvement in personal effectiveness, it should also lead to quick gains in organisational improvement.

Purpose of Programme

To enable participants to gain knowledge and insight in important aspects of leadership in a public management context, and to help them identify ways in which they can apply such knowledge and insight within their roles, and to lean to become more effective transformational leaders in the process of increased effectiveness in local government.

LEADING with a Vision
Good leaders lead from inside…. The privilege of true leadership is given to those whose energy derives from deep within, in the spiritual dimension of the self, rather than in managerial or technical expertise” (Nelson Mandela)

Purpose of Programme
To equip councilors as leaders to:
• Make a difference: A better life for all
• To lead with a vision, passion and commitment
• To lead combating of poverty alleviation, HIV / AIDS and crime
• Improving service delivery and education

Leadership development to LEAD DEVELOPMENT in 5 Countries. 
Over 3000 community leaders trained in leading socio‐economic development in five countries in Africa. Strengthening local development institutions (Donors W. K Kellogg Foundation)


Transformational Leadership Programme
The Women in Leadership Programme develops the leadership competencies of women leaders. It also facilitates transformation and organizational effectiveness; as well as enhancing gender equity.

Purpose of Programme

The programme aims at the development of leadership capacity to:
• Facilitate mainstream gender, equity and empowerment support within the organization;
• Lead change and transformation processes;
• Promote a learning and growth culture;
• Develop a cadre of competent managers and leaders showing personal leadership, who can translate the strategy of the organization into action;
• Contribute to women as owners and promoters of their own careers;
• Develop a leadership knowledge network in the organization

Leadership Training, Sudanese German Centre 
Leadership Training, South African Parliament 
Leadership Training, Auditor General Afro SAI