The Programme for African Leadership is an extra-curricular programme focused on leadership development and networking, available exclusively to graduate students of sub-Saharan African nationality currently studying at the School.
The bespoke programme consists of of a structured set of activities and events throughout the academic year that aim to educate, challenge and inspire students and to provide an opportunity for them to reflect on their own development as future leaders of African organisations and communities.
In Michaelmas Term, students work on a group project that provides an opportunity to develop key leadership skills such as problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, influencing, and collaboration. Lent Term consists of a series of student-led debates in which students will have a platform to discuss and explore issues facing the African continent and Africans today.
In addition, PfAL hosts occasional talks by visiting business leaders and political figures and each year provides a number of exclusive experiences to participating students. For example, in 2016/17 PfAL students enjoyed an extended tour of Westminster Palace led by the Rt Hon. Lord Boateng, and were also invited to attend the 10-year anniversary event for the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.
Frequent social events develop and strengthen new friendships among the group. Every student who completes the programme is presented with a certificate at the final PfAL event in June and invited to join the growing PfAL Network.
History of PfAL
PfAL was born from the shared vision between LSE and the Lalji family to empower a new generation of ethical, effective and authentic African leaders. The first PfAL cohort arrived in London in March 2012 and since then 240 bright, emerging talents from across Africa have joined the PfAL Network, with circa 50 students enrolling in the programme every year.
In July 2016, PfAL joined the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, which centralises the breadth of LSE's Africa-related activities and research. As part of the Centre, PfAL stands in an unique position to draw on the range of knowledge, expertise, resources and opportunities across the School to challenge, enrich and inspire participating students on their paths towards becoming future leaders.