The African Leadership Centre is one of the best-placed institutions to develop a next generation of researchers for a variety of factors, not least its extensive experience in this regard. The Centre was launched in Nairobi with a central goal in mind, which is to train and mentor the next generation of transformational leading thinkers and practitioners on leadership, security and development in Africa across policy-influencing, academic and activist spaces.
The Centre’s flagship programme comprises its innovative Fellowships which are now in their tenth year of operation (starting at the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King's College) and having trained about 90 young Africans since its inception. The Fellowships include:
- Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women
- Peace Security and Development Fellowships for African Scholars, and
- Peace and Security Fellowships for Regional Organisations
The programme has been described by the following influential voices, among others:
A particularly important programme towards efforts for transformative change in Africa ~ Ms Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
This is excellent work being carried out to prepare young Africans for their leadership roles on the continent ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu
All three sets of Fellowships offer academic training on leadership, peace, security and development, and the Fellowship programs for African scholars and regional organizations offer Master’s Degrees at King’s College London (MSc Security, Leadership and Society). The programs also offer:
- A unique programme of mentoring by renowned experts from the Global South and North on a range of thematic issues from substantive matters at the intersection of security and development to practical sessions on media engagement and project evaluation
- Participation in simulation seminars, which are high-level role-play sessions where Fellows debate and act out the roles of key personalities involved in the management of significant security situations in Africa
- Institutional visits to key institutions around the world (Africa, Europe and US) that work on peace, security and development issues at influential levels, and
- Attachments where Fellows utilize the knowledge that they have acquired in practical ways at ALC partner institutions, i.e., regional organizations including the Inter-Governmental authority on Development, the Economic Community of West African States, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centres and African Universities
Below is a short video celebrating the achievements from 10 years of the ALC Fellowship programmes.
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