The need for leaders of 'moral integrity' fuels new program for nurturing fresh leadership in Africa.
The Clean African Campaign launched its Leadership Training in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17 - 26 October, 2003. The experiences of an effective Clean Elections Campaign in Kenya (also tried in Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) was a precursor to this continent-wide program to identify and nurture young men and women with leadership potential. The rationale is that Africa needs leaders who will transform the current image of conflict, famine and HIV/AIDS to that of hope.
Among the 30 participants from nine countries were student leaders from universities in Kenya and Tanzania, some working with NGOs in the areas of conflict resolution/transformation, education, agriculture and environment. In their different fields they are role models for other young people.
The course included acquiring skills in the following areas, among others: ‘leadership through service’, ‘understanding current political, socio-economic status of the continent’, ‘Gender and Human right issues’, ‘Peace and conflict resolution’. One of the nine faculty members, James Mageria, former Vice President of World Vision International for Africa, emphasized that leadership means working on values of integrity, accountability and transparency. The program was organised in such a way that there was an evolution from the first day to the last and trainees were an integral part of the preparation and communication of the material. Isaac Otieno, a well known political analyst in Nairobi, facilitated an interactive session on what characterises the current political leadership in most African countries. The list was rather alarming. Former South African MP Cornelius Marivate then took the participants through a process of self-examination and challenged that there can be no real achievement without moral integrity.
Since the training, the group has kept in close contact and there has been a lot of positive feedback. One participant from Ghana said 'I now think a new key has been handed over to me to change things no matter how small it may be.'
The next course will probably be held in South Africa in April 2004.