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

About AFLI




The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.