The African Leadership Institute launched its seminal report: An Abundance of Young African Leaders, but No Seat at the Table at Strathmore University in Nairobi on 28 August, 2018.  The report is the result of grant funding from the Ford Foundation with AFLI as the grantee and Strathmore University as its partner. 

For Africa to reach its potential, it must harness the potential of young leaders.  African organisations fostering leadership that focus on the targeted development and the continuous nurturing of young people’s leadership capacities are crucial. Whilst a plethora of leadership development offerings exist on the continent, there has not been, to date, a holistic view of what these initiatives are. This study, therefore, represents an important step towards filling gaps in extant knowledge.

A total of 105 leadership initiatives focusing on young African leaders (18-40 year olds) and meeting other specified criteria were included in this study.

ReportCoverThe report about the research can be downloaded as a PDF here, from the AFLI website. A fully searchable directory of the leadership initiatives was compiled from the data of the report and is live on the AFLI site at LEADERSHIP DIRECTORY. Note that the directory has updated the data from the report, which was a snapshot at the time.  Since then, some initiatives have ended and others have been added.  Should you encounter an initiative in the directory with out-of-date information on their page - or if you are an officer at one of the organisations listed, please email us with updates.  There is a button called REPORT on each page in which this can be done.

Should you be interested in the raw data, a PDF of the study data is also available for download as a PDF.  For attendees to the event, the report was presented by AFLI CEO Dr Jackie Chimhanzi and discussed by a strong panel:

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David Kamau - Chief of Party & Director, YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa
Janah Ncube - Global Campaigns Director, Crisis Action
Kanini Mutooni - Investment Director, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub & Chair, Global Innovation Fund
Lade Araba - Africa Region Representative, Convergence Finance
Raphael Obonyo - Co-Founder Youth Congress Kenya
Serah Makka-Ugbabe - Nigeria Country Director, ONE Campaign


Julie Gichuru - Founder & CEO, Arimus Media Limited & Host, Africa Leadership Dialogues
Live Streaming of the Event

For people unable to attend, the event was livestreamed on this page. We hope to have a video recording of the event on the website in future.  There was also broader engagement with live stream viewers sharing views and asking questions on Twitter, tweeting to @TutuFellows and using the hashtag: #SameTableNewSeats  New African Magazine has also carried a report on the launch event that can be read at their website.

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About AFLI



The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) 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.