The African Leadership Institute partnered with a range of organisations in a structured manner to advance young people so that they are able to take a seat at the table and effect positive change across the continent. The grant provided by the Ford Foundation provides funding for capacity to AFLI to build partnerships with other leadership organisations so that collectively young leaders and leadership organisation alumni can reach critical mass in key areas to change the course of the development of the continent.
This structured interaction with organisations falls into two groups - partners and curating organisations. AFLI held talks with a wide range of organisations to establish common ground for strategic progress.
Partners included ONE Campaign, a global campaigning and advocacy organisation with the support of more than 9 million people that is taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. The organisation says the name ONE was inspired by the belief that one voice, formed by many, can change the world for the better. Campaigns it has organised include the #Girlscount - Poverty is Sexist campaign. In 2017, there were over 130 million girls out of school worldwide, 51 million of them are in Africa. In this campaign, ONE pushed for educating, empowering and ultimately employing these girls, which will be crucial to Africa’s ability to harness its demographic dividend. ONE was established in Washington DC in 2004 and, by 2010 had launched in Johannesburg, South Africa. ONE has offices in Abuja and Johannesburg and representatives at the African Union; in Kenya; and in Senegal.