Programmes and Projects



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 


Women Empowerment: Energising Local Economic Development and Sustainable Livelihoods (Ongoing Programme)

Purpose of Programme
Women Empowerment: Energising Local Economic Development and Sustainable Livelihoods in Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe (Donors New partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Spanish Fund)

Women As Architects And Owners Of Their Own Future
Women’s poverty is directly related to the absence of economic opportunities and autonomy, lack of access to economic resources, including credit, land ownership and inheritance, lack of access to education and support services and their minimal participation in the decision-making process.
Drawing up an implementable Marginalized Communities Action Plan (MCAP) for four localities in South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The aim being to energise Local Economic Development and Sustainable Livelihoods, which is owned and supported by women and their communities at large. This is supported by a capacity building program to ensure successful implementation and sustainability.
Women In Research 
A study of the research and publishing experience of women academics at selected Universities in South Africa: Barriers, challenges and good practice in Colleges of Economic and Management Sciences.
A study that intends to contribute to the body of knowledge on gender in/equality in South Africa academia with a view to creating a more enabling and gender responsive environment for women in academia in general and specifically for women who have not established themselves as researchers and authors.

iGama la Makhosikazi (My Name is Woman)
The Makhosikazi project is a collaborative two-year project to empower women living on farms across South Africa to improve their quality of life and that of their families, enabling them to make informed choices and ultimately transfer their newfound strength, leadership skills, life skills and knowledge to their children

Purpose of Programme
In addition, the project aims to impact the lives of women on farms through information and networking that will increase their access to public services and opportunities that are earmarked for rural women and their families such as:
• Accessing disability grants
• Information on bursaries for students
• Available SME funding and development opportunities
• Conferences and exchange opportunities for rural women

Women in leadership programme for the SABS and the National Intelligence Agency



Youth Community Development and LED Programme for Limpopo (European Union and Limpopo Department of Local Government and Housing)

Strengthening youth entrepreneurial development in various communities’ leadership within communities related to the African Ivory Route in the Limpopo province.

Youth Skills Development
Entrepreneurship programs for the Department of Communication.

Youth Community Development
Over 3000 community leaders trained in leading socio-economic development in five countries in Africa.



XAI -XAI Community Development 

Purpose of Programme
The Xai-Xai project in Mozambique focusing on community empowerment and sustainable development in the costal conservation.

Community Empowerment Through Arts & Culture, National Heritage Council Of South Africa

Community Development and business process development: Echo-Cultural and Agri-Tourism linked to Makopane Heritage.(National Heritage Council)

  • Communities related to land restitution in the district.
  • Community development
  • Local economic development
  • Food security agriculture
  • Eco-cultural tourism
  • Women leadership development

Local Economic Development: Leading Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation
None of the great social problems we have to solve is capable of resolution outside the context of the creation of jobs and the alleviation and eradication of poverty.

Purpose of Programme
The most important pillar in poverty alleviation is a Local Economic Development (LED) process that leads to the empowerment of communities to such an extent that they become the builders of their own sustainable economic future.

LeadAfrika has established itself as a leading role player within the development arena in Southern Africa. Our unique holistic approach to LED derives from an integrated systems-based process embedding own experience, best practices and a pro-active effort to develop and implement practical and meaningful solutions.

Community Development, Emmans Zandela

Purpose of Programme
Several communities in the Limpopo province, “Future Search” integrated community development, a whole system change process to improve community life.

Community Development
Community based eco-cultural tourism development on the African Ivory route.

Gender Based Violence Management 
“Related to this is the matter of violence against women and children. Every day the media covers horrific stories of ill-treatment, abuse, rape and violence against women and children. Clearly, we cannot proudly proclaim that we are a free nation while women and children are, themselves, not free to enjoy our freedom. To correct this, men have an important role to play in advancing affirmative social values and mending the social fabric that is clearly been torn apart by the behavior of those who, in reality, are behaving like animals.”

Purpose of Programme

The project focuses on leadership development within government as well as within civil society organisations. The process is to develop and deliver an outcomes-based learning programme on transformational leadership development to increase and improve services and care for victims / survivors of gender-based violence. 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.

INHACA ISLAND (Mozambique) Community Tourism
Purpose of Programme
We provide an umbrella under which the local community of Santa Maria can add a whole new dimension of travelling to the explorer at heart. Not only do you take away an incredible experience, but you also give back to the community that you have visited. As a community-based tourist, you actually contribute towards conservation and poverty alleviation, thereby creating sustainable development of tourism in that specific region.

Leading SUSTAINABLE Development and Poverty Alleviation
The most important pillar in poverty alleviation is a Local Economic Development (LED) process that leads to the empowerment of communities to such an extent that they become the builders of their own sustainable economic future.

Purpose of Programme
LeadAfrika has developed a LED Programme aimed at the development, integration, implementation and guiding of the process and it addresses amongst others issues, the following:
• Strategy development
• Leadership roles
• Interfacing the spheres of government and other stakeholders