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For more than ten years, the African Leadership Institute - AFLI - has been working with young leaders to empower them, create a network of ethical, like-minded servant-leaders that can support one another as they seek to create positive change across Africa. The Tutu Fellowship, which comprises Fellows who have completed the Tutu Leadership Programme, are steadily making changes that are positively changing the trajectory of Africa. The Fellowship, however, is a relatively small group of people. Project Pakati seeks to broaden the scope and impact of young leaders in Africa beyond that of the Fellowship.

This initiative seeks to harness the collective influence of Africa’s young leaders by building a networking platform and a commmunity in greater numbers that affords young leaders the ability of reaching a critical mass to impact the issues that Africa faces. AFLI will be working with leadership organisations across Africa to build this networking platform and community to be able to collectively have a greater impact for good.

Funding for this AFLI initiative and platform is provided by the Ford Foundation

 


 

Curated Communities

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Structured Space

Communities of like-minded, interacting people who filter, amplify, invest and provide, convene, build, and learn and facilitate to ensure more effective creation and sharing of knowledge.
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Partnering Organisations

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Collaborating for Progress

Facilitating change by working with the African Union to harness the collective influence of young leaders by using the expertise already present in African leadership organisations.
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The Platform

Project Phakathi uses a dedicated software platform to allow young leaders to collaborate on developing solutions to African problems, no matter where they are based.
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At A Glance

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Project governance comes from a Youth Advisory Board, along with oversight from AFLI.

 

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The role of the African Leadership Institute is to keep the project on track to meet it's key goals.

 

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AFLI is a non-profit funded by donations and grants. This project is grant-funded by the Ford Foundation.

 

 

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We use a dedicated software platform to collaborate across the continent on delivering project goals.

 

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The African Leadership Institute is partnering with leadership organisations across Africa.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions about the platform and guidance on how it should be used.

 

Recent News & Updates

  • African youth initiatives Report launch


    The African Leadership Institute has conducted research on the state of African youth leadership initiatives. The report launch was held on the August 28th, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya at the Strathmore University, titled An Abundance of Young African Leaders – But no Seat at The Table. The phrase of the day, which was also the catchy hashtag to mark the launch of the report, was #SameTableNewSeats. It sparked an increase of youth interest on social media platforms, particularly on Twitter.

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  • The birth of Project Pakati - the name


    The initiation of the Ford Foundation project has seen significant investment in developing new leaders on the continent. But new leaders in and of themselves cannot have an impact on the direction of the continent if they remain on the periphery rather than where decisions are made and implemented.

    The questions linger: “How do we ensure more young leaders are at the centre? If leaders are on the periphery and not at the centre - how can they raise their voices in a way that can be heard and makes a difference? How do we influence decision-making at the centre?”

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  • Inaugural Youth Advisory Board & Curators Meeting


    The African Leadership Institute hosted their first Inaugural Youth Advisory Board and Curators meeting, in Johannesburg, South Africa, from the 11th-13th July 2018. The meeting welcomed the newly-elected Youth Advisory Board members representing young African leaders from across the continent who are passionate in addressing and working in youth mobilization. The selected Youth Advisory Board members were elected through a competitive process working with grassroot level organizations as well as using a referral and nomination system from AFLI’s existing stakeholders.

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  • Youth Advisory Board assembled


    The Youth Advisory Board for the Ford Foundation-funded Pan African leadership project will play a critical role in the governance of the project. The board has been intentionally constituted up front at the start of the grant project to provide strategic inputs and provide overall guidance of the project and its implementation.

    Two ex officio members will sit on the board in addition to the eminent young Africans on the board. The first is a member of AFLI - which is the grant recipient.  The second is a member of the African Union Commission’s Youth Division.

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