A programme for emerging leaders across Africa.
The Africa Venture is an annual pan-African leadership programme which assembles exceptional emerging leaders from government, businesses and non-profits across Africa, including north, south, east, west and central Africa.
The programme enables the transfer of knowledge, know-how and inspiration across the generations, involving some of the most inspiring leaders in the world today. It creates a new generation of African leaders who have the Cultural Intelligence to work fluidly and flexibly across the continent, who have the analytical and creative skills to use diversity to spark innovation, and who have extraordinarily broad African networks.
The inaugural Africa Venture took place in 2016. High points included quality engagement with Sir James Mancham, former President of the Republic of Seychelles, and Chandrika Kumaratunga, former President of Sri Lanka, as well as a range of leaders in the cities of Nairobi, Kenya and Mysore, India.
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“Crossing boundaries is very important because different people come from different mindsets, different backgrounds. And it is only in meeting and getting to know them that you realise there could be two or three or four or sides to every story.”
The programme will focus on a compelling challenge facing Africa today. A ‘Think Tank’ of senior leaders from around the continent has set the challenge:
“How does Africa leap frog the developed world in renewable energy?”
Participants will explore the challenge from every possible angle and will see both the problems and the possible solutions. They then work up practical ideas in response to the challenge, which they present to a panel of senior leaders.
The programme follows a blended learning approach, with two online phases interspersed with two contact modules. The seamless integration of contact and online learning enables participant to continue to develop their ideas, grow their Cultural Intelligence and develop their relationships before and between the face-to-face modules, even though they are dispersed across the continent. The two contact modules each comprise four intensive days of learning.
The participants are guided through a process of creativity and innovation. They visit organizations across the city and engage in discussions with senior leaders from across the public, private and NGO sectors. Over the two contact modules, the challenge is explored from the perspective of a different countries and cities.
In 2017, the face-to-face modules will be delivered in Kenya and Sri Lanka.The second contact module will comprise a combination of the Africa Venture participants and their counterparts on our South Asia leadership programme – a truly amazing opportunity to see Africa through the eyes of others.
Dates and locations:
Phase 1 (online):
13 March – 31 March
Phase 2 (contact, Nairobi, Kenya):
3 – 6 April
Phase 3 (online):
10 April – 18 August
Phase 4 (contact, Colombo, Sri Lanka):
22 to 25 August
“Innovation is in all of us.”
The Africa Venture brings together future leaders from across the 54 countries of Africa to focus on common challenges and in so doing will create an extraordinary network of young leaders across the continent.
Applications are invited from exceptional leaders in the early to mid-stage of their careers from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. They will be recognised as those who will rapidly progress to even more senior roles. Applicants must be working in Africa.
All applications will be reviewed by the Africa Venture Selection Panel, composed of senior leaders from organisations across the continent and across the sectors.
The Africa Venture encourages participants to work in new directions and develop innovative approaches to challenges facing Africa today. In the process, it equips them to operate effectively across the African continent.
The online learning starts on 13 March 2017.
The face-to-face modules take place in two locations. The first part will take place in Kenya over four days between 4-7 April 2017. The second part will take place in Sri Lanka over four days between 22-25 August 2017.
2017 fee is payable in any of the following currencies:
The fee is subject to exchange rate fluctuation and will be reviewed quarterly. The ability to pay the full fee is not one of our application criteria. There are a number of part bursary places for every Common Purpose course and individual negotiation of fees is possible for those who are genuinely unable to meet the full fee.
“It is a game changer for me. Learning to listen changes everything.”
Common Purpose, established in Africa in 2000, runs programmes for students and for both emerging and senior leaders from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
As well as participating on our programmes in African cities, people from across the continent have joined Common Purpose programmes around the world. African diaspora leaders have also taken part in programmes (both in Africa and the UK) focused on helping them to contribute to their country of origin.
There are over 4,000 Common Purpose alumni from Africa, including students from twenty nationalities and over eighty senior leaders who have taken part in one of our global programmes.
“Common Purpose has landed the realisation that being a leader is not about being at the top, but contributing of yourself to achieve a top notch outcome. It’s a process.”
If you are interested applying or want more information about the Africa Venture, please get in touch.
Dr. Elsbeth Dixon
Head: Common Purpose Africa
T: +27 (0)11 836 6348
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