The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) is a collaborative effort of seven partner organizations in Africa and the United States – Infotech Investments (Tanzania), The Aspen Institute (United States), CETA Construction Services (Mozambique), the Databank Foundation (Ghana), LEAP Africa (Nigeria), The Letsema Foundation (South Africa), and TechnoServe (Africa and United States) – to foster values-based, action-oriented leadership in Africa. ALI Fellows are highly successful, entrepreneurial individuals from business, government and civil society. There are currently some 353 African Fellows from all of the countries above including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda plus 45 Nigeria Leadership Fellows in the Diaspora.
They participate in four seminars modeled on the Aspen Institute’s successful Henry Crown Fellowship Program: The Challenge of Leadership, The Aspen Seminar – In Search of the Good Society, Leading in an Era of Globalization, and The Promise of Leadership. They are also required to carry-out a project of their own design and passion for the betterment of their societies. The projects seek a tangible demonstration of the Fellows’ commitment to community service in a leadership capacity, and encourage Fellows to expand their leadership abilities while making a contribution. Importantly, the projects are expected to serve as values-based leadership in action.
The ALI is the result of Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Peter Reiling's Henry Crown Fellows community leadership project: "Mobilizing young [African] business leaders...to take more responsibility for the society in which they live and work."
ALI was designed to capture the energy, the talent and the resolve of an emerging generation of leaders in Africa -- leaders who have already realized a certain level of success -- and to inspire them to move from success to significance by engaging in the foremost challenges of their countries and their times with support and confidence.
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