One of the principal benefits of the Programme for African Leadership is the opportunity to connect with other aspiring African leaders, to forge co-operative and supportive relationships and to make lasting friendships.
Candidates who successfully complete a PfAL programme at the School are automatically invited to become members of the PfAL Network, and so gain access to the experience, advice, support and feedback of their peers across the continent.
The PfAL Network’s power lies in its diversity – be it in terms of skill set, professional experience, nationality or cultural background. Currently there are 130 members, located across 23 African countries with each year seeing another sixty aspiring leaders joining the group.
With this diversity also comes the challenge of working together effectively across a continent the size of Africa. To overcome this we have developed PfAL Hub, an online communications and networking platform. PfAL Hub acts as a focal point and facilitates easier collaboration and sharing of ideas among all members of the Network.
Bonds formed in London will be strengthened further each year at an annual gathering of the Network and supporters in Africa – the PfAL Forum. The first forum was held in Munyonyo, Uganda from 14-15 January 2016, and focused on the themes of youth empowerment and promoting African intellectualism. Each PfAL Forum will provide a platform for discussion of issues related to Africa’s development, for networking and bonding as a group, for reviewing member achievements and impact, and to set goals and identify opportunities for the year ahead.