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. Read the report here.
Phase 1 : 12 March – 30 March 2018
Phase 2 : 4 days – 17-20 April 2018 (Nigeria)
Phase 3 : 9 April – 17 August 2018
Phase 4 : 21-24 August 2018 (South Asia)
"Taking leadership seriously isn’t just about leadership, it is an investment in your life and growth. The programme challenges your innermost core, asking “Who are you? What are you? Why are you? Why do you lead?”
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 leapfrog 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 2018, the face-to-face modules will be delivered in Nigeria and South Asia.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.
The online learning starts on 12 March 2018.
The face-to-face modules take place in two locations. The first part will take place in Nigeria over four days between 17-20 April 2018. The second part will take place in India over four days between 21-24 August 2018.
2018 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.
“Innovation is in all of us.”