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African Leadership Academy: Head of Department

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to catalyse large-scale change in Africa by developing thousands of transformative leaders for the continent over the next few decades. ALA’s model for change involves three steps: (1) we identify the most outstanding young leaders across Africa; (2) we develop these young leaders through an innovative, life-long programme that focuses on hands-on practice; and (3) we foster powerful, life-long networks for these leaders that position them to achieve large-scale impact in Africa.

WTO Director General: Time for Africa?

During the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public Forum held in Geneva recently, the corridors and coffee shops were abuzz with speculation about the race for the position of Director General (DG).  Pascal Lamy will end his second term in August 2013. The official process to find a replacement will begin with nominations of candidates by member countries of the WTO in December 2012. Informal jockeying for position has already begun.

Africa’s 'Leadership Crisis' - We Have More Urgency than We Think

After the Mo Ibrahim Foundation failed to award its annual leadership prize in London this month, it prompted analysts to ask whether this means the African continent is failing. Maybe, but that is not the whole answer.

No African head of state who has left office in the last three years and achieved excellence in leadership was deemed worthy of the Mo Ibrahim prize in 2012. Is this a sign that Africa is failing?

Citizens Urged to Shape Africa’s Future

Jay Naidoo, founding general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions and chair of a GAIN, says Africa's future will hinge on the continent's citizens taking a proactive role in governance and not individual leaders alone.

Naidoo, who is also a board member at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, points out that, "It is not individual leaders who will take our continent forward it will be an overall leadership directive driven by Africa's people."

NGO Criticises Zimbabwe’s Leadership

Advocate Mo Ibrahim says Zimbabwe should be a powerhouse in Africa but its stagnant political leadership under Robert Mugabe is holding it back.

Ibrahim, who founded the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, says Zimbabweans need to ‘get their act together’ if the country headed by 88-year-old Mugabe was to end its political impasse and move forward.

Siyashesha Leadership Incubator: Master Facilitators

Siyashesha Leadership Incubator is a nonprofit organisation that develops skills, builds opportunity and connects young leaders from across South Africa through the Activate Leadership and Public Innovation Training Programme.

Siyashesha is looking to expand their Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal teams of facilitators.

Siyashesha seeks to appoint Master Facilitators - Activate Leadership and Public Innovation Programme, based in Gauteng or KwaZulu-Natal.

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Dlamini-Zuma Set Up to Fail - Mbeki

Former President, Thabo Mbeki, says the new African Union (AU) chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has been set up to fail in her new position.

Mbeki argues that part of this feeling that Dlamini-Zuma is going to change things is the failure to understand how the AU operates.

He warns that people might put a big burden on her shoulders expecting her to do this and that, adding that when it does not happen, they will start blaming her when actually she has no capacity to change things.

Tutu Honoured for Championing Civil Society

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, has been awarded a ‘once-off’ special prize by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Mo Ibrahim, a British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire and founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, points out that, "In everything he stands for, everything he says, and everything he does, he displays a consistent obligation to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak the uncomfortable truths."

A New Era for the African Union

To many observers, the election victory of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma against the incumbent, Jean Ping, as chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) at the Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa on 15 July 2012, came as a surprise.  After several delays to the original starting time for the elections, Dr Dlamini-Zuma secured a simple majority in the first three rounds before clinching the vote in the fourth and final round. Unofficial results indicate the following for Dr Dlamini-Zuma and Ping respectively: 27-24 (first round), 29-22 (second round) and 33-18 (third round).

Banda’s Leadership Style Gets Thumbs-Up

Erieka Bennett, head of the African Union Diaspora Forum, says Malawi President, Joyce Banda, represents the type of leadership that Africa needs in the 21st century.

Bennett says in the past three months, Banda sold the late former President, Bingu wa Mutharika’s private jets, devalued the kwacha by 50 percent, launched a maternal health initiative, persuaded the African Development Bank to lend Malawi US$45-million and appealed to the United States and the United Kingdom for grants.

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