IDS first year students joined the current ALC Fellows for the annual June mentoring sessions held at the African leadership Centre (ALC) office from the 6th to 28th June, 2015. The sessions are designed to enable ALC Fellows return to the Centre in Nairobi after 9 months of uninterrupted study at King’s College London. This year, the Centre welcomed 10 Fellows drawn from five different African countries including Ethiopia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. The mentoring sessions covered a range of topics touching on leadership and development. They included sessions on reading, writing and plagiarism, higher education in Africa, the quest for peace and security in Africa, politics of knowledge production, and the nexus between academic work and policy uptake.
A new web-based radio station that aims to help shape the agenda on issues connected with leadership, peace and security in Africa is to be launched in Nairobi on June 24th. ALC Radio will be an independent medium of analysis of African issues that is publicly available to all via the internet.
The station has been developed by the African Leadership Centre (ALC), which was created through collaboration between two globally distinguished universities, the University of Nairobi and King’s College London, and will provide a forum to influence debate and policy development on the continent. Independent of governments or commercial interests, the analysis of issues it will offer will uniquely be informed by research at these two universities and will draw on expert opinion from around the world.