AFLI incorporates a combination of theory, the sharing of experiences by successful leaders, experiential learning, varied practical applications, and assignments, all conducted in an Oxford-style tutorial environment. During the learning process, a balance is maintained between personal development, self-reflection, and the African context of leadership. The values and ethics of leadership also form a major component of the learning. In line with the principles of servant leadership that underpin the programme, participants are required to undertake a community-based project and, in so doing, extend the benefit of their learning to the broader community. Emphasis is placed on peer interaction and feedback on the basis that leaders need to be aware of how followers experience them.

Opportunities Available to Fellows


  • Thought-leadership and speaking opportunities
  • Advocacy opportunities
  • Networking opportunities and network memberships
  • Access to projects, causes and campaigns
  • Collaborating with like-minded peers on projects
  • Accountability to peers for the values of the Tutu Fellowship
  • Job opportunities
  • Pan-African exposure
  • Access to invitations to attend multinational meetings and conferences
  • Leadership of, and participation in, multi-country organisations and projects
  • International exposure
  • Opportunities for ongoing debate and knowledge-exchange
  • Profiling in the media
  • Greater visibility for consideration for awards
  • Consideration for selection as board members or trustees to high profile companies/organisations

AFLI develops Africa’s emerging and exceptional leaders through a range of offerings that can be read about further below:

  1. Archbishop Tutu Fellowship Programme
  2. Programmes for Third Parties
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