Developing the next generation of African leaders
The Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) was established at LSE to foster a new generation of African leaders who will promote best practices of economic and social development in their organisations and countries.
The following initiatives drive this vision:
The Programme for African Leadership: an extracurricular, one-year leadership and networking programme for graduate students from sub-Saharan Africa studying at LSE;
PfAL graduate scholarships: prestigious scholarship awards for bright, young Africans to study a taught master's programme in development at LSE;
PfAL Network and Forum: students who successfully complete the programme will be invited to join the growing, diverse PfAL Network and future PfAL Fora, leadership fora for PfAL alumni held in Africa,
The first PfAL cohort arrived in London in March 2012 and since then 180 bright, emerging talents from across Africa have been accepted into the programme and joined the PfAL Network. Each year circa 50 students enrol in the programme and upon completion join the Network.
In July 2016, PfAL joined the newly established Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, which centralises the breadth LSE's African-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.
*Banner photos by Owen Billcliff Photography (owenbillcliffe.co.uk)