The year 2015 marks a new moment at the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi. It is the year the Centre inaugurates its second strategic planning period which will run to 2019. The new strategic plan focuses on consolidating the strategic and operational activities at the Centre. It comes hot the heels of the appointment of Ms. Funmi Vogt as Director of Operations at the ALC with the mandate to streamline and upscale operations of the Centre. It is also within this strategic plan period that the Centre will commence a review of the governance system in order to include and engage in a more systematic way the ALC Alumni.

The ALC Current Fellows visited the University of Cambridge to explore available opportunities such as PhD opportunities and also learn about the partnerships that exist between Cambridge academics and African Universities for future partnerships. They had sessions with Dr.Sharath Srinivasan, the Director of the Centre for Governance and Human Rights, Lecturer in Politics of Africa course.

The ALC held its 4th Africa Debates series, on February 18th, 2015 at King's College in London. 

The Africa Debates are a core part of the ALC Fellowship programmes, and are high level role-play sessions. During the seminars, Fellows discuss and act out various roles of key personalities involved in significant and current security situations on the African continent. Popularly known as the Simulation Seminars, these sessions provide an the Fellows an opportunity to display their analysis of current affairs from a variety of perspectives. In addition, the seminars test the capacity of the Fellows to critically engage with the public on the most pertinent issues affecting Africa today. Finally, the seminars are an important tool in helping the Fellows develop the skills they will need to step into leadership roles in the future.

The topics for the 2015 Africa Debates were as follows:

By Voice of ALC

The ALC in partnership with the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of Social Science Research Council convened a three-day conference titled Peacebuilding in Africa: Evolving Landscapes, Emerging Challenges and New African Thinking from 23rd – 25th February 2015 at the Wilton Park conference centre in Steyning, England.

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) in collaboration with the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Nairobi held an International Conference on Security and Society in Africa from 23rd to 25th June 2014. The conference was supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond: The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences.

The aim of the conference was to benchmark the field of Security Studies by examining recent transformations in African societies, and what implications these have had on thinking about and practice of security and its effect on development.

Presentations at the conference were by invitation, and a total of 18 papers and at least 3 public lectures were presented covering five thematic areas. There was also one policy roundtable organised at the University of Nairobi. The conference proceedings will be published as a book in a series to be launched under contract with Zed Books London and also in open source journal format.

It is planned that the book and journal will be launched in 2015. The tentative title for the book is Rethinking Security and Society in Africa

The African Leadership Centre in collaboration with the Institute for Development Studies University of Nairobi, the Nordic Africa institute, Uppsala and the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi launched the book Kenya: The Struggle for a New Constitutional Order co-edited by Godwin R. Murunga, Duncan Okelo and Anders Sjögren.

Kenya’s Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, Dr. Willy Mutunga, presided over the book launch that was held at the University of Nairobi on 11th December 2014.  Also in attendance will be Ambassador Johan Borgstam, Sweden’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya and Hon. Abubakar Zein Abubakar, former Commissioner of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission and current member of the East African Legislative Assembly.

The ALC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the East African Community (EAC) at a brief ceremony held on 16th April 2014 at the Headquarters of the Community in Arusha. The Clerk of the Assembly Mr. Kenneth Namboga Madete signed on behalf of the Community while Dr. Godwin R. Murunga signed on behalf of the ALC. The MoU will be managed by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) on behalf of the EAC.

By: Semiha Abdumelik

The Ebola Crisis in West Africa has been written about extensively. However, there has been little focus on the response of the African Union (AU) to the situation from an institutional and normative perspective. This examination is instructive for comprehending the approaches taken by regional organisations to address the increasingly complex challenges facing the continent.

By Awah Leonide Azah

The identity of Central Africa is arguably still to be defined. Due to plurality of integration and co-operation systems, countries in the Central African Region belong to multiple regional blocs. This has led to a stagnant integration process and the inefficacy of the regional body Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS,) which consists of Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and  São Tomé and Príncipe.

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