The African Leadership Centre (ALC) was established in Kenya in June 2010 as a joint initiative of King’s College London and the University of Nairobi.
- The ALC is a Pan African centre of excellence on peace, security and development in Africa;
- It trains and mentors young Africans with the potential to lead and enable innovative change in their communities and in the region;
- To that end, it builds capacity not just of the individuals, but of the communities, institutions and organisations in which they live and work.
The need to contribute to efforts to promote stability and peace in Africa is self-evident. The continent accounts for more than 40% of global conflicts, suffers from a perpetually weak economy and has fragile political and social infrastructures. The ALC is able to:
- Address the problem of ‘brain drain’, where talented young people leave their states due to limited opportunity for growth;
- Build a sound knowledge base of critical issues affecting African security and development within the youth population;
- Provide opportunities to develop untapped talent among emerging African youth leaders and facilitate their participation in processes of national development and regional integration.
- The unique partnerships between the African Leadership Centre, the University of Nairobi and other partners in Africa and worldwide enables the ALC to develop new and innovative ways to address these challenges and develop a new generation of ‘home-grown’ talent in Africa.