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SubjectTransformative Leadership
Date of Publication2017066
PublisherAfrican Community of Practice on Management for Development result at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Number of Pages11 pages
Geographical CoverageTanzania
KeywordsLeadership in Education, Leadership capacity building for youth, Leadership and economic transformation, Leadership in management for development results (MfDR)
AbstractThe institutionalization of a result culture in Africa requires strong and committed leadership. African universities are a major avenue for developing effective leaders across the continent and they are called to design and roll out innovative programs to enhance Africa’s leadership capabilities. This paper features the case study of East Africa Uongozi (leadership) training program that involves, since 1998, undergraduate students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, law and related fields from East African and North American universities. The school's main goal is to foster civic and intellectual leadership qualities among the next generation of East African leaders and to contribute to the promotion of rational and dynamic policy making processes that are informed by African as well as global perspectives. Key findings. It is important to have a generic leadership paradigm that connects leaders across the political, private and civil society sectors, respecting the different emphases of the different cultures and regions but identifying and building on commonalities in accordance with the Management for Development Results methodology. Over the last two to three decades, experience, in fact, has shown that while people may have different leadership characteristics, certain dimensions of leadership which are key to development in a wide array of cultures and contexts are the same and can be developed. Key lessons. As Africa focuses on regional integration, the East African Uongozi Institute and other institutions involved in such activities are instrumental in fostering the spirit of brotherhood and sharing knowledge on development issues. Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063 depend largely on the development of strong and visionary leadership. Main Recommendations. The East Africa Community (EAC) member states must support the activities of the Uongozi Institute and other institutions alike; and the African countries should establish a Pan African incubator for young leaders’ capacity building. The African Union (AU) and the continental institutions are called to support the Uongozi Institute and assist in replicating the same in the other regional economic communities for increased African integration and for building up a pool of capable young African leaders.
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