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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

 


 

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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

  • Panel discussion at Report launch on youth leadership


    At the launch of the report in September 2018, An Abundance of Young African Leaders – But no Seat at The Table, a strong panel line-up discussed the report and examined questions on how young leaders are likely to be better represented and have input into decisions affecting the course of the continent.  The panel, which was led by  discussion was led by 2012 Tutu Fellow Julie Gichuru included 2006 Fellow Janah Ncube, 2018 Fellow Serah Makka-Ugbabe, David Kamau, Raphael Obonyo, Kanini Mutoomi and 2014 Fellow Lade Araba.   Raphael is the Co-Chair of the advisory board of AFLI’s Project Pakati initiative, which produced the report. 

    The video below of the panel discussion was produced and aired on Julie's TV show, Africa Leadership Dialogues in October on Citizen TV Kenya, but has had a broader reach online.  One of the thorny questions the panel grappled with was the idea that Africa's leadership class won't readily relinquish control of the levers of power to a new and younger generation of leaders.  Another was the extent to which young leaders are prepared to lead.  

    For the answers, which looked at the nuance and complexity of these questions, watch the video below.

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  • Board members on 2018 Most Influential list


    Two of Pakati's Youth Advisory Board members have been selected for inclusion on the Most Influential Young Africans list for 2018 compiled by Africa Youth Awards. The two board members are Wadi Victoria Ben-Hiriki, founder of the Wadi Ben-Hiriki Foundation, and Raphael Obonyo, an award-winning Kenyan youth advocate and founder of Youth Congress Kenya. 

    The Youth Awards list from which the one hundred young achievers are compiled are nominees from 26 African countries.

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  • African youth initiatives Report launch


    The African Leadership Institute 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 hashtag for the launch, #SameTableNewSeats, sparked much interest on social media platforms and trended on Twitter that day.

    The report was officially launched by Dr Vincent Ogutu, Vice-Chancellor Designate of Strathmore University, with keynote speakers, Dr Patricia Murugami and Rosemary Okello also of Strathmore Business School and Margaret Mliwa of the Ford Foundation.

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  • The birth of Project Pakati - the name


    The past decade has seen the emergence of a number of initiatives focused on developing new leaders on the African 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 at the centre where decisions are made and implemented. For a continent that is disproportionally young, young leaders are woefully missing at the centre.

    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 can they influence decision-making at the centre?”

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