About Us

Mission, Vision and Principle Objectives


Lead Afrika’s mission is to make a meaningful contribution to development in Africa, through leadership process and network capacity building that:

  • Enhance Governance and Public Leadership Development in the African context;
  • Create and craft sustainable Local Economic Development interventions;
  • Accelerate the empowerment of Women through Leadership Development initiatives;
  • Promote Youth Development through leadership training;
  • Empower communities to build, own and promote their own destiny relating to sustainable development;
  • Creating leadership capacity for sustainable development in line with AsgiSA and NEPAD  programmes;
  • Facilitate Enterprise and Institutional Development for SMMEs, Cooperatives, CBOs and NGOs;
  • Integrate private, public and community-led Initiatives for development;
  • Develop and implement strategy effectively.

The focus is on creating developmental leadership capacity in local government and communities, and influencing other thought leaders who are shaping the leadership development discourse and practices in the region.


Lead Afrika’s vision is to be a Leader in Development and the Development of Leaders:

  • Focused on capacity building in local, provincial and national governance structures.
  • An energetic force for the empowerment of Civil Society as a driver for Socio-Economic Development aiming at alleviating/eradicating poverty.
  • An African development network with global connectivity.
  • One of the core sources for entrepreneurial leadership science

Our power is vested in our Networks and Alliance Partners within South Africa and across the continent. Our development and capacity building initiatives over the past 15-20 years developed an impressive track record in every one of our focus areas  and also various awards.

Principal Objectives

To contribute to world-class leadership capacity in a local African context in accordance with sound theory and practice through:

  • Leadership development in national and local government.
  • Integrated leadership solutions for socio-economic development.
  • Capacity building through transfer of developmental leadership and entrepreneurial skills, particularly for youth and women.
  • Undertaking interventions that aim to reduce poverty and unemployment, especially in marginalised communities.
  • Development of leaders within local communities and civil society organisations.
  • Partnerships with local governance structures including traditional leadership in Local Economic Development.
  • Participative research, impact studies, and assessments in a development context.
  • Active support of economic growth through leadership development.


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