Submitted by: TechnoServe, Inc.
Categories: Community Development
Posted: Jun 12, 2003 – 12:00 AM EST
Jun. 12 /CSRwire/ -
The Africa Leadership Initiative is designed to foster a new generation of community-spirited business leaders in Africa and to encourage them to play a more active role in promoting equitable social and economic development in their countries. Beginning in June of 2002 and continuing through 2005, a group of leaders drawn primarily from the business sectors of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda will be participating in a series of regular meetings and seminars patterned after the Aspen Institute's highly renowned Henry Crown Fellowship Program. Each of the ALI "Fellows" from East Africa will also commit to undertake a community leadership project, leveraging their energies, their skills and the resources of the companies they lead.
Ali Mufuruki, who is Chairman and CEO of Infotech Investment Group of Tanzania, a Member of TechnoServe and a 2001 Henry Crown Fellow, joins TechnoServe and the Aspen Institute as the local partner of ALI in East Africa. Also underway in Ghana and Mozambique, TechnoServe, the Aspen Institute and their local partner, the Letsema Foundation, plan to launch the Africa Leadership Initiative in South Africa in July.
The Africa Leadership Initiative is made possible by sponsors and local partners including Barloworld; CETA Construção e Serviços of Mozambique; Databank Financial Services of Ghana; Infotech Investment Group of Tanzania; the Letsema Foundation of South Africa; the U.S. Agency for International Development; the West Foundation; the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, whose grant reflects the partnership between TechnoServe and the Leadership Regional Network for Southern Africa (LeaRN); and a private American philanthropist.
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