1. United Nations Global Compact Local Network in Nigeria
The Africa Leadership Forum in collaboration with Nigeria Economic Summit Group and Nigeria Institute of International Affairs all of Global Compact Local Network in Nigeria organised the 2009 UN Global Compact Regional Conference for Africa. it was held between 16th and 19th March, 2009, at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria with the theme, “Business taking a stand in the fight against corruption”. The meeting presented a unique opportunity for participants to benefit from discussions on the subject of business challenges, opportunities and approaches to collectively tackle corruption. The objective of the workshop was to equip business leaders and Global Compact Local Network Focal Points from Africa with practical collective action, tools and strategies to counter corruption in business operations.
The conference had two days of closed meetings (16th -17th March, 2010) in which companies examined how to utilise collective action to counter corruption and introduce new collective action strategies/ tools for business operations.
The participants were drawn from the public sector, the organised private sector, development partners, civil society and UNGC networks from Africa and around the world.
2. Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC)
In 2009, Africa Leadership Forum accepted the invitation to be an outreach partner for The Global Business Centre of the University of Washington Foster School of Business, with regards to the 2010 Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC).
GSEC engages creative minds around the world to encourage bolder and less conventional business solutions to global poverty. The competition was opened to students around the globe and across different fields of study. GSEC plans were judged on the quality of life in the developing world, financial sustainability, and implementation feasibility.
The business ideas focussed on any industry area, such as global health, environment, technology, agriculture, and education. Multidisciplinary teams were also highly encouraged.
Twelve to fifteen semi-finalist teams from around the world will be invited to Seattle for GSEC Week in 2010, where they will pitch their business ideas to judges and the University of Washington community, visit regional companies, and compete for prize money, including global health awards.
3. ALF, Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC), and Femmes Africa Solidarite (FAS):
The ALF has been an active member of the Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC), Network coordinated by Femmes Africa Solidarite (FAS), since 2001.
The strategy behind the formation of GIMAC entails influencing, and sometimes, inducing support from Africa’s political leaders and principals as a basis for infusing a gender perspective to the continent’s agenda of transformation. This strategy was crucial in the early years of the transformation of the African Union because it enabled women to seize the opportunity presented by the desire for change within the continent. It also opened a door for their engagement with the reflection that was taking place in terms of defining the appropriate framework for putting Africa on the path of reconstruction and development.
Out of this strategy has emerged a vigorous campaign for gender mainstreaming involving numerous African women’s networks that have grown stronger over time. With keen interest to have African leaders commit themselves to gender mainstreaming at the onset of the creation of the African Union, women networks, coordinated by FAS, organised the 1st Pre-Summit strategic consultation on mainstreaming gender and women’s effective participation in the run up to the first African Union Summit in June 2002. The ALF assisted the meeting in crafting the various engagement strategies adopted in getting the African Heads of State to infuse gender perspective into the activities and programmes of the new union including the adoption of gender parity principle in the selection and appointment of the key officer of the Africa Union Commission (AUC).
The ALF has participated in all the 12 pre-summit meetings (2001-2009) of the network and in fact, hosted and coordinated the 5th Consultative Meeting in Abuja, in January 2005. This consultation adopted the Abuja Recommendations for Civil Society Monitoring and Evaluation of the Solemn Declaration.
The ALF played a prominent role in the drafting and eventual adoption of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA), during the first Heads of State Gender Summit which took place in June 2004 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ALF is also the focal point of the network in charge of governance and leadership issues. In 2009, the Executive Director of Africa Leadership Forum went to Mozambique as part of GIMAC delegation to give the African gender award to the president of Mozambique.
4. World Bank International Essay Competition
The ALF has been involved as a partner in the execution of the World Bank International Essay Competition since 2006 and also serves as part of the jury as well as a member of the steering committee. In 2009, ALF also participated in the WB Essay Competition in Seoul, South Korea. The World Bank launched the International Essay Competition in the year 2004. The essay competition is an annual, worldwide competition targeting young adults between 18 to 25 years and managed by the World Bank office in Paris. The competition is designed and implemented in partnership with country offices of the World Bank and Public Information Centres (PIC), in 84 countries, as well as partners representing universities, NGOs and youth organisations all over the world. Other partners that work with ALF on this project include
1. Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2. Cities Alliance
3. UN Habitat
4. United Cities and Local Governments
5. Cairo University, Egypt
6. Jadavpur University, India
7. National Autonomous University of Mexico
8. Conciencia Argentina
9. The Glocal Forum
10. AEGEE Europe
11. AIESEC International
12. Junior Achievement Worldwide
13. Researchers Alliance for Development (RAD)
14. Norwegian University of Science and Technology
1. The Forum has received funding from the following sources among others:
2. The United Development Programme (UNDP)
3. The Carnegie Corporation of New York
4. The Daewoo Corporation of the Republic of Korea
5. The World Bank
6. The Rockfeller Foundation
7. The German Foundation for Development (GDS)
8. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation
9. The Mac Arthur Foundation
10. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
11. The European Commission
12. The Global Coalition for Africa
13. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation
14. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
15 The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
16. United States Agency For International Development (USAID)
17. OFFICE For Transition Initiatives (OTI)
18. Catholic organization for Relief and Development (CORDAID)
19. Education for Development Initiatives (EDDI)
A number of private sector organisations in Nigeria have also extended some financial assistance to the Forum. These include among others:
1. Tower Aluminum,
2. New swatch Magazine
3. John Holt Nigeria Plc.,
4. Hallmark Bank Nigeria Plc.,
5. Obasanjo Farms Nigeria limited.,
6. First Interstate Merchant Bank
7. Mofas Shipping Limited
8. Morpol Industries,
9. Ikeja Hotels Ltd.
10. Julius Berger Nigeria Plc.
Some individuals have equally made financial contributions to the ALF. They include
1. Mr. Victor Mpoyo
2. Late Sir Mobolaji Bank- Anthony
3. Chief Chris Ogunbanjo
4. Oba Dapo Tejuosho
5. Late Chief Dr. S.A. Asabia
6. Mr. Chudi Izegbu
7. General T.Y. Danjuma
8. Late Chief M.K.O. Abiola
Others who have made their contribution in kind include Professor Akin Mabogunje, Professor Oyeleye Oyediran, Dr. Babafemi Badejo and Professor ANEZI Okoro among others.