ALI East Africa’s Impact
The entire orientation of ALI, as with the Henry Crown Fellowship Program that inspired
its creation, is “thought leading to action.”
Ø Through the readings that form the basis of the ALI seminars, the Fellows are exposed to a range of “thought leaders” and role models from around the globe and across the ages who have clearly articulated their visions for “a good society” and demonstrated their capacity for effective, enlightened leadership. As they read, the Fellows are challenged to think about their own visions – and about how they measure up as leaders.
Ø Through the dialogue and debate that is inspired by these readings and prompted by the moderators, the Fellows are exposed to the values and beliefs of others from their own societies with whom they must learn to work if they are to build stronger economies and civil societies. Government and civil society leaders learn how their counterparts in the business community think about concepts such as “efficiency” and “liberty”, how they respond to crises and critical challenges, and what their frustrations are as they try to create growth and jobs. Likewise, business leaders learn how their counterparts in other sectors think about “community” and “equality”, and how they balance the demands of the marketplace with the needs of the less-endowed and the less-empowered.
Ø But through their leadership projects, all of the Fellows are compelled to put their
own visions and leadership styles into action.
At its inception, the types of actions ALI’s creators had envisioned were:
ØGreater engagement of African business leaders in active policy dialogue with
their governments, especially dialogue around creating the right conditions for
growth and successful participation in the global economy.
Ø Greater engagement of African business leaders – and the businesses they lead –
in tackling social challenges – from HIV/AIDS to literacy, nutrition, housing,
Ø Greater engagement by government and civil society leaders with the business
community in tackling these same social challenges.
The ALI East Africa Class 2002 Fellows
Apart from networking and influencing value-based leadership in their organizations, they have invested (are investing) their own resources in community projects that are starting to shape their local communities. They all believe that they can make a difference with regard to addressing leadership challenges in the region.
A recent sampling of Leadership Projects underway as part of the Africa Leadership Initiative in East Africa include the following:
- A women’s entrepreneurs network in Uganda
- A youth leadership development center in Tanzania
- A youth entrepreneurship development curriculum for a local network of private girls schools in Uganda
- A cancer education and diagnostic advice center in Zanzibar
- A market research poll on business, government, religious and youth leaders views on “the good society” in Kenya
- A series of video segments for CNN’s Africa Today to boost the reputations of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania for world audiences — and to highlight the good works of the Fellows by Ugandan Fellow and CNN reporter Bart Kakooza
- A tree nursery and school eco-education program in Kenya
- A school-based leadership program in Kenya that will provide monthly student leadership awards, quarterly debates on national and global issues and annual “teacher of the year” awards
As one can see, the “return on investment” for ALI is indeed considerable.