The three (3) operational arms of the Africa Leadership Foundation are:

The Africa Leadership Forum manages activities around

  • Governance and Democracy

  • Leadership Development and;

  • Healthcare System Strengthening

Governance and Democracy

Below are some of the project activities under the Governance and Democracy arm of ALF:

  • Electoral Management System Strengthening:
    The African Union and the Africa Leadership Foundation (ALF) on 8 October 2021, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) towards, “Operationalizing joint programmes to enhance credibility in the management of elections and the advancement of good governance, peace and security in Africa”. The MoU which aims to strengthen cooperation between both institutions, is a mutual commitment to build on comparative advantages and complement efforts for more transparent and credible democratic societies in Africa.

  •  UNDP-ALF Election and Voters Education Project:
    This was an initiative funded by the UNDP and implemented by ALF in South-South Zone of Nigeria in preparation for the 2011 general election.  Provision of education, knowledge and awareness on roles and responsibility of stakeholders in germane to successful conduct of elections and sustenance of democracy in any nation. This intervention impacted in the successful and peaceful conduct of the 2011 elections in that region.

  • Democratic Leadership Training Workshop (DLTW):
    This project that lasted for 10 years was initiated to enhance the capacity and capability of African young adults to positively respond to future leadership challenges in democratic setting part of the objectives include:

      • Initiating a process of empowerment for male and female young leaders in democracy and human rights issues towards meeting the challenges in sustaining the democratic the democratic process in Nigeria;

      • Improving the capacity of young leaders in the country to continuously expand the liberal political space;

      • Providing opportunity for intra and inter-political networks, intra and inter-party networks and linkages towards positive collaboration at both lateral and vertical levels;

      • Enhancing opportunity for young leaders to sharpen their leadership skills in participatory democracy and governance; and

      • Inculcating in young leaders the values and concepts of effective democratic leadership. These workshops were organized in Nigeria, Dakar, Accra, Windhoek and Nairobi.

  • Africa & the Challenges of a Union Government:
    The ALF spearhead the desirability for the formation of a Union Government following the decision of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Sirte, Libya in July, 2005. The project brought together stakeholders from five African regions was facilitated by H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria. The objective was to seek a conceptual clarification for the notion of a Union Government, its desirability as well as its constitutive, operational modalities and institutional challenges. The major outcome of the meeting indicated the Union Government must be multi-layered, based on principle of strict adherence and driven by identifiable shared values and commonality of interest.

  • CSSDCA- An Agenda for Africa:
    The series of Conferences on Security Stability Development and Cooperation in Africa (CSSDCA) is a policy development forum, a framework for the advancement of common values, and as a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the African Union. This initiative was conceived designed and promoted by ALF and was adopted by the Heads of States of the AU in 2002. It subsequently provided the foundation for other initiatives such as the NEPAD and the APRM.

  • Comparative Study of Existing Sub-regional Security Protocol in Africa:
    The comparative study on the sub-regional security networks and effectiveness in the wake of threats from non-state actors examined sub-regional protocols in Africa, small arms proliferation and moratorium, interest of the United States in demilitarization in Africa and the African Elders Council for Peace.

  •  Partners for Peace:
    This is an initiative on Sudan spearheaded by H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo. It documented the mediation between the government and the SPLM/SPLA with the hope of bringing peace.

  • Corruption, Democracy & Human Rights in Southern Africa Region:
    This was a project jointly executed by the Africa Leadership Forum and the Transparency International for the Southern Africa region to discuss the challenges of corruption and its impact on the development of the people of Southern Africa. The aim was to strongly promote and foster the culture of resisting unwholesome governmental practice of corruption, human rights abuse, tyranny and repression in Southern African region.

  • Corruption, Democratization Human Right in Central and East Africa:
    This was a project jointly executed by the Africa Leadership Forum and the Transparency International for the Central and East African regions to discuss the challenges of corruption and its impact on the development of the people of Central and East Africa. The aim was to strongly promote and foster the culture of resisting unwholesome governmental practice of corruption, huma rights abuse, tyranny and repression in Southern African region

  • The Farm House Dialogue Series:
    The Farm House Dialogue is an informal platform specifically designed to facilitate vertical and horizontal interaction among and between diverse groups of Nigerians with a view to providing the required blocks in the construction of golden bridges across new and traditional divides within the nation. Since its inception in May 1988 the Farm House Dialogue has dealt with three broad issues covering some 31 topics. Thirteen seminars were held during the Development Series eleven during the Democracy Series and seven during the Governance Series. Over the years, Farm House Dialogue reports have continued to serve as a recognized and authoritative source of policy input for government policies and other sectors of Nigerian national life.

Leadership Development

Below are some of the project activities under the Leadership development arm of ALF:

  • Capacity Building Workshop:
    Sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nigeria, the workshop was targeted at building the capacity of Parliamentary Support Staff of National and State Assemblies to improve the efficiency and delivery capacity of Nigerian parliamentarians in the performance of their oversight and legislative functions. The workshop was held between at the ALF International Conference Centre, Ota.

  • Parliamentary Support Programme (PSP):
    Democratization across the continent in the late 1990s underscored the need to build and strengthen the capacity of parliaments and parliamentarians to serve as the voice of reason for the people. This necessitated the intervention of ALF in the training and re-training of those involved in the lawmaking process. As part of project activities, 12 capacity building workshops were organised for 310 parliamentary support staff across the country while 6 internship programmes were organised for 236 students of tertiary institutions from various states of Nigeria.

  •  Parliamentarians and the Sustenance of Political Liberty in Africa:
    This was a research project with focus on the workings of the Parliaments in Africa, the emergence of Multiparty System and the sustenance of the democracy in Africa.

  • Africa and Successor Generation:
    The need to consciously raise Africa’s critical mass with leadership ideals birthed this project. ALF organised a capacity building of young Africans for active democratic participation in leadership and the parliamentary activities.

  • Regional Conference for African parliamentarians On Recent Strategic Development Initiatives in Africa:
    This project was designed to give parliamentarians across the continent insights around emerging development initiatives and the need for sound legislative framework and response for their sustainability.

  • African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM):
    The ALF working with the UNDP provided the foundational outreach and awareness programme for the introduction of the APRM in Africa. The project entails participation in Country Review activities, awareness workshops and capacity building for multi-stakeholders as well as engagement with the African parliamentarians. The objective of this project was to broaden the knowledge of the major stakeholders and make them to develop appropriate response mechanism in the implementation of the APRM at national and sub-national levels.

  • Nigeria at Forty:
    In 2000, at the national level, ALF in collaboration with Daily Times (Nigeria) organized a national essay competition “Nigeria at Forty” for Nigerians between the ages of 18-40. The main objective of the event was to identify future leaders and offer them a Foundation to express their ideas about Nigeria and their vision for the country in the next 40 years. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians participated in the programme.

Healthcare System Strengthening

Below are some of the project activities under the Healthcare System Strengthening arm of ALF:

  • Launch of the Premier African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease:
    ALF in partnership with development Research Project Center (dRPC) in sponsoring experts and professionals in the First African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease (ACSCD) which took place in Lagos, Nigeria in year 2019. Though the partnership aimed at knowledge expansion and ensuring that the congress produces a robust outcome as a result of the contributions of these experts and professionals, the main objective of the congress was to provide a platform to enhance the understanding of the current state of sickle cell in Africa, the challenges and opportunities building on the experiences of key actors in the Africa region as well as other regions of the world, and to collectively explore and discover innovative approaches and best practices for effective sickle cell control. ALF successfully facilitated the participation of fifty health professionals, representatives of various health associations and NGO in the congress.

  • Strategic Advocacy for Maternal and Neonatal Reduction in Africa:
    Through its partnership with GIMAC, MSD for Mothers and Femmes Africa Solidarité, ALF coordinated a region-wide consultation for the reduction of maternal and neo-natal mortality across Africa responding to the SDG 3 target on the collective commitment to ensuring that “No Woman Should Die While Giving Life”. This project became germane due to the rising phenomenon of deaths recorded in Africa among pregnant mothers and their children.

The activities at the center revolves around gender equality and women empowerment. Some of which are listed below:

  • Creation of the Maputo Protocol Scorecard and Index:
    ALF working in collaboration with Plan International and African Union Women and Gender Development Directorate designed a Scorecard and Index Framework for the Additional Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.  The aim of this project is to create a continent-wide Scorecard and index framework for the purpose of analyzing and assessing State Parties performance in the implementation of Maputo Protocol.

  • Creation of the Solemn Declaration Index Framework:
    It is important to mention that the ALF is deeply committed to gender equity and equality as this is reflected in our employment and recruitment policy. Furthermore, the ALF contributed immensely into the drafting and advocacy document on gender equality in Africa which culminated to the creation of the Solemn Declaration of Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) adopted by the Head of States and Government of the African Union in 2004. This instrument is a tool used in measuring countries’ adherence and compliance to gender equality statutes among African countries. ALF is equally represented and sits on executive committee/ board of several gender advocacy agencies in Africa.

  • Democracy, Gender and Development Programme:
    The ALF created the African Women’s Forum (AWF) which strives to promote the collective interest and leadership of women in Africa through research, training and advocacy and the strengthening of the capacity of women’s network. The AWF convened in South Africa, Tunisia and Nigeria engaging women around issues of political empowerment leadership and communication.

  • Nigerian Women Peace Group:
    The ALF in collaboration with Shell Petroleum Development Corporation formed the Nigerian Women Peace Congress (NAWOPEG), a Nigerian women’s initiative on peace management and conflict resolution. Recently, NAWOPEG was engaged in a nation-wide campaign against violence as Nigeria prepared to transit from one civil regime to another.

  • African Women Foundation (AWF):
    In quest of a medium for challenging dominant ideas and creating networking opportunities on gender issues, the ALF created the Africa Women’s Foundation at the Ninth Annual ALF International Meetings of the African Leaders convened in Accra, Ghana in 1997. The theme of the conference was “Empowering Women for the 21st Century: The Challenges of Politics, Business, Development and Leadership. Some sixty participants from 26 countries attended the event. The AWF strives to promote the collective interest and leadership of women in Africa through research, training and advocacy and the strengthening of the capacity of women’s network. Consequently, the inaugural meeting of the AWF was convened in Cape Town, South Africa in May 1998 under the theme “Leadership and Communication for Empowerment.” Following the inaugural meeting of the Africa Women’s Foundation, the 2nd Africa Women’s Foundation was convened in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in 1999, ALF has since convened three AWFs: in Tunis, Tunisia in 2001, Ota, Nigeria in 2002 and Abuja, Nigeria in 2003. The Theme for 2003 was “Leadership Challenges of Women in the Campaign Against HIV/AIDS”.

  • ALF and the Empowering Women in Agriculture (EWA) Project:
    ALF in liaison with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD conducted a baseline study on Women in Agriculture in Nigeria. ALF was also called upon by EWA to complete a survey on the involvement of women in agricultural value chain in Nigeria, in preparation for EWA breakfast meeting scheduled for Saturday, February 9th 2019,         at the margins of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

ALF believes that small and medium-sized enterprises are key sources of dynamism, innovation, and flexibility. The Entrepreneurship Centre aims to develop entrepreneurship spirit amongst Nigerians by developing the skills of trainees to successfully start, manage, diversify and expand business enterprise, and also facilitate easy access to start-up capital to trainees, especially funds from Banks and allied financial institutions.

Some of the projects under the ALF Entrepreneurship Center include;

  • Agribusiness Small Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme:
    ALF’s consistency in the pro-poor advocacy ensured that government sustained the entrepreneurship development project, the introduction of the Agri-business Small Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme by the government became a springboard through which ALF assisted unemployed graduates and micro businesses operators secure over 1-billion-naira soft loans to start and/or expand their businesses.

  • ALF Tech Hub:
    The Tech Hub is targeted at small tech-based businesses to enable them overcome the challenges of starting up – in terms of workspace, equipment and initial operational costs. Currently, the hub has incubated several start-up businesses of which one of the incubatees, HelpMum, won first place and best performance award with cash prize of $3000 and 3-month acceleration programme, out of 175 entries at the 2017 International Hackathon, Innovate4Life, in Nairobi, Kenya in February 2017. This same incubatee also one of the 1000 awardees of the 2017 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur, which comes with a business grant of $5000 and mentoring.

  • ALF Partners with Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on Export Readiness Programme for Lagos Farmers:
    In recognition of ALF’s impact on entrepreneurship and empowerment programmes, the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, under the aegis of World Banks Support Project titled Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement, and Livelihood Improvement (APPEAL), sought for ALF to assist in training the Lagos Farmers on 2nd Level Funding for business expansion, and the possibility of capacitating farmers on export readiness programme. One major aim of the implementation is to seek how ALF can assist SMEs to utilize agricultural value chain to gain competitiveness and prepare SMEs for export readiness.

  • CBN- Entrepreneurship Development Project, Phase I (2008-2013):
    The Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), Lagos is one of the three Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Entrepreneurship Development Centres, originally located in Lagos, Kano and Onitsha for South West, North West and South East Geo-political zones. The one for the South West located in Lagos is managed and operated by the Africa Leadership Foundation to provide training, strategies and certification programmes that will assist young Nigerians to embrace micro, small and medium scale enterprises as alternative employment options. It was established in 2008 and by 2013 it has trained 18,167 young men and women, created 222 new enterprises, expanded 869 existing business enterprise, created 3,356 jobs and facilitated ₦205.470 million as business loans for the EDC trainees.

  • CBN-Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Phase II (2015-2017):
    In the second phase of the EDC Project, which commenced in 2015, a total of 5500 entrepreneurs have been trained as at December 2017. Over the same period, 150 new small businesses started; 1136 existing businesses expanded; 1886 jobs created; and 342 clients accessed more than ₦241 million business funds.

  • ALF Launched Digital Business Operation for SMEs:
    ALF capacitated hundreds of young Nigerians through the support of UNIDO and Hewlett Packard HP “Graduate Entrepreneurship Training through IT” (GET-IT) programme in Africa. The programme provided young unemployed people across Africa with ICT training to help them start their own businesses. The initial roll out in six African countries (Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uganda), ALF continues to be one of the Implementing Agency for the UNIDO entrepreneurship programme in Nigeria.

  • ALF’s Advocacy in Export Promotion for the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA:
    ALF organized and coordinated the Nigeria’s Chapter of AGOA CSOs and Stakeholders’ workshop. The workshop which is the first since AGOA was launched, took place on the 11th of June 2018 at the CIPE, Lagos. The outcome of the AGOA CSO meeting was tabled at the 17th edition of AGOA Forum in Washington in July 2018. ALF further spearheaded the team that discussed with the Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) on Nigeria’s implementation strategy of AGOA. In November 2018, ALF with the supervision of USAID, prepared the first Nigeria National AGOA Strategy Document. The document has since been delivered to USAID for onward presentation to the Federal Government.

  • Medical Entrepreneurship Programme:
    The Africa Leadership Foundation in partnership with the Ace Medicare Clinics Limited with the support of YASHODA Hospital in India in 2013 initiated the medical entrepreneurship programme where medical doctors will be trained on how to apply entrepreneurial and business management principles into medical practice as a way of promoting sustainable and world class health delivery services.

  • ALF Agroprenuership Programme:
    The programme was a specialised agricultural value chain scheme linking young farmers, agricultural experts, finance and output off-takers. ALF trained over 100 young people as Agricultural Service Providers in Ekiti State to use Power Tillers in providing land cultivation services to farmers and link the farmers to industries that would off-take their farm products.

  • ALF & Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YEDP 2016):
    ALF in collaboration with the CBN set up the Youth Enterprise Development Programme (YEDP), jointly implemented by Heritage Bank and The National Youth Service Corps. The YEDP was an intervention programme set-up to urgently address youth unemployment, and embrace entrepreneurship as an alternative employment option. The project aims to set up successful candidates with a soft loan of three million naira, at single digit interest rate, payable within three years. A total of 484 youths received three days impactful training in three different locations in the Southwest. A total of 92 persons from the 484 trained by ALF were among the first batch of youth granted a minimum of ₦3million each to start up their businesses.

  • OYOABLE and Oodu’a-OYSG-ALF Vocational and Skills Acquisition Centre, Ibadan:
    A public- private partnership between the ALF, Oodu’a Investment Company Limited (OICL), and the Oyo State Government (OYSG) to facilitate vocational and entrepreneurship training focusing on carefully selected trade lines with higher multiplier effects in terms of employment and income generation.

  • ALF Partners Nigeria Diaspora Direct Investment Scheme (NDDIS):
    The NDDIS is a public space for many Diasporas to actualise their dreams through trusted information on investment portfolios, on-the-spot interface with trusted Nigerian institutions and confidence building on their investment pursuits in Nigeria. ALF in partnership with the NDDIS organised a summit aimed at providing exhibition spots to companies in Nigeria where Diasporas can seek first-hand information about the companies. Deal-Rooms were provided for immediate contacts, negotiations, appointments, and networking between business groups in Nigeria and Diasporas. Solicitors and Business Managers were also available to drive such immediate deals and provide time lines to ensure that every deal works.

  • ALF Partners Universities to Capacitate Penultimate Students on Entrepreneurship Development Training:
    In its quest to expressly address youth unemployment in Nigeria, ALF partnered a number of Higher Institutions in Nigeria to train their students on alternative employment option. Many of the students also showed willingness to set up their own businesses and become their own bosses. These Universities include Redeemers University, Babcock University, Christland University and Leadcity University.

  • ALF Partners State Governments to Train Residents and Indigenes:
    A number of states in Nigeria saw the benefits of equipping their citizens with entrepreneurship skills, hence they consulted ALF to assist with the facilitation, these states include Ekiti, Osun, Lagos, Kwara, and Oyo States.

  • Junior Business Seminar (JBS):
    This programme was initiated in 1991 for final students of Nigerian Universities. The main objective of JBS is to sharpen awareness and create interest in self-employment, self-reliance, and private initiatives; expose participants to a wide variety of techniques of managing business enterprises and also to inculcate the culture of entrepreneurship in young graduates of higher institutions. The success of this programme was attested by Frederick Neumman Foundation which adopted it as its flagship programme in Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin Republic.