- Junior Business Seminar (JBS): An initiative, which started in 1991 for final students of Nigerian Universities, is to sharpen awareness and create interest in self-employment, self-reliance, and private initiatives. We expose participants to a wide variety of techniques in managing enterprise businessesand inculcate the culture of entrepreneurship in young graduates of higher institutions.
- CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (EDC)South-West: The CBN-EDC managed by AL,F provides training, strategies and certification programmes that assist young Nigerians to embrace micro, small and medium scale enterprises as alternative employment options.Read more
- Medical Entrepreneurship Programme In partnership with the Ace Medicare Clinics Limited and the support of YASHODA Hospital in India, in 2013, ALF initiated the medical entrepreneurship programme where medical doctors get trained on how to apply entrepreneurial and business management principles into medical practice as a way of promoting sustainable and excellent health delivery services.
- ALF Tech Hub: ALFTech Hub is a Technology Incubation Centre. Read more
- ALF Agroprenuership Programme This is a specialised agricultural value chain scheme linking young farmers, agricultural experts, finance, and output off-takers together. We have 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.
- Oodu’a-OYSG-ALF Vocational and Skills Acquisition Centre, Ibadan This is a Partnership between the Africa Leadership Forum (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 employment and income generation.
- Business Development Services The Africa Leadership Forum serves a Business Development Service Provider to the Bank of Industry (BOI), Providus Bank, and Sterling Bank on business plan evaluation and recommendation.
YOUTH / WOMEN DEVELOPMENT
- Democratic Leadership Training Workshops (DLTW) ALF has implemented numerous youth empowerment projects in form of studies, training workshops, seminars and high-level conferences at the regional, sub-regional and national levels. The aim is to expose young Africans with leadership potentials to the demands, duties, and obligations of leadership positions. Also, to prepare them systematically to assume higher responsibilities and to meet the challenges of an interdependent world. These series of training workshops aimed at empowering male and female young leaders in democracy and human rights issues have been held in, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Dakar and Windhoek.
- Legislative Internship Programme (LIP) The Legislative Internship Programme (LIP) is a three-year programme of the ALF Parliamentary Support Institute (PSI) aimed at consolidating and institutionalizing the norms and principles of liberal democracy in Nigeria. It is specifically designed to provide young Nigerians and students in higher institutions across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria with the opportunity to acquaint themselves with parliamentary structures and processes.
- 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 forum 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.
- 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 Forum: One of the major activities of the ALF is its annual Africa Women’s Forum, launched in 1997, the ALF created the Africa Women’s Forum at the Ninth Annual ALF International Meetings of the African Leaders convened in Accra, Ghana in 1997. 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”.
- Gender Is My Agenda (GIMAC) Network: The GIMAC is organized around the themes related to the operating articles of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) namely human rights, governance, peace and security, economic empowerment, education and health. The ALF is a member of the GIMAC Network and has contributed immensely in the areas of gender equality and furtherance of the provisions of the SDGEA.
OCCASIONAL SEMINAR SERIES
- Decentralised Economic Development Workshop: The ALF has been one of the main proponents of public – private – partnership (PPP). The main purpose of the workshop was to develop a policy framework for a sustainable and dynamic small-scale industrial sector.
- Improving Service Delivery in Local Governance: The ALF adopted a two-pronged approach in form of series of Improving Service Delivery in Local Governance aimed at two categories of audience. The first series was designed to improve the service delivery capacity of the newly elected political office holders by sensitising them on the need for efficiency, accountability and openness. The second and third series were designed to imbue community opinion leaders and civil society with the requisite skills needed to ensure that government is open, accountable and transparent in its policies and actions.
PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR SERIES
- Under the Professional Seminar Series, ALF has organized a number of workshops and seminars on diverse topics such as Ethics and Professionalism in the Banking Industry and Ethic, Professionalism in Medical Practice and Professionalism and the Issue of Ethics among others.
PARLIAMENTARY SUPPORT PROGRAMME
- The main objective of the programme is to enhance the service delivery capacity of African parliaments on a range of development initiatives and mobilise them for active engagement in African developmental activities. The Parliamentary Support Programme includes:
- Annual Meetings of African Parliamentarians, Capacity Building Workshops for Parliamentary Support Staff and the Legislative Internship Project.
- The Legislative Internship Programme (LIP) is specifically designed to provide young Nigerians and students in higher institutions with the opportunity to acquaint themselves with parliamentary structures and processes with a view to encouraging them to consider parliamentary career either as future parliamentarians or parliamentary support staff.
RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY
The Forum has also conducted a number of studies on cross-cutting issues. ALF in conjunction with Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) conducted a DFID funded study on the “Impact of Increases in Price of Petroleum Products on Standard of Living in Nigeria.
In 2010, we conducted an Evaluation and Impact Assessment Study for the Eko Loan Scheme managed by the Lagos State Microfinance Institution (LASMI).
- On leadership, ALF institute the following conferences and symposia:
- 4th Annual Governance, Leadership and Management Convention (Mombasa, 2013) with Kenyan Institute of Management (KIM)
- 3rd Annual Governance, Leadership and Management Convention (Mombasa, 2012)
- 2nd Annual Governance, leadership and Management Convention (Mombasa, 2011)
- High Level Consultative Forum on African Union Government (Nigeria and Ethiopia, 2005-2007)
- National Conference on Accountability, Transparency and corruption (Abuja, 2003)
- Role of Professionalism in Nation Building: The Issue of Ethics and Consequence of Failure (Nigeria, 2003)
- The Leadership Challenges of Economic Reform (Washington, 1989)
- Africa in Today’s World and the Challenges of Leadership (Nigeria, 1988)
- The Challenges of Leadership in African Development (Nigeria, 1988)
- International Meeting for Young African Leaders (Nigeria, 1993)
- Challenges of Leadership in Democracy and Good Governance in Africa (Kenya, 1993)
- The Challenges of Agricultural Production and Food Security in Africa (Nigeria, 1989)
- African Agenda and the Role of USA: A New Approach for a New Era (Nigeria, 1993 and among others);
- Joint ADB/ALF Conference on Domestic Resource Mobilisation in Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, 1991)
- The Challenges of Politics, Business, Development and Leadership (Ghana, 1997)
- Africa in the Wake of the 21st Century (Mozambique, 1997)
- Uneven Development and Poverty: Recent Trend and Policy Implication(Ghana, 1998)
- ALF Anniversary Conference on the theme, “Africa and the Successor Generation” was convened. (Benin 1999).
- Technical Workshops on the implementation of the APRM Process in Nigeria for Stakeholders (Ota 2005 and 2006)
- AU-CSO Consultations Draft Policy on Conflict Resolution of the African Union (June 2006)
- Sub-regional Consultations on the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union, the Africa Peer Review Mechanism and the Millennium Development Goals for Central and West Africa (June 2006)
- Sub-regional Consultations on the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union, the Africa Peer Review Mechanism and the Millennium Development Goals for East Africa (August 2006)
- Africa-wide regional Consultations on the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union, the Africa Peer Review Mechanism and the Millennium Development Goals (December 2006)
- The Conference on Security, Stability, Development and Cooperation in Africa: One of the greatest achievements of the ALF in the area of Policy Advocacy is the final adoption of the Conference on Security, Stability, Development and Cooperation in Africa (CSSDCA) by the inaugural summit of the AU Commission in Durban, South Africa in July 2002. Following on the heel of the Paris meeting, were series of consultative meetings which culminated in the Kampala meeting, hosted by President Museveni, President of Uganda and OAU Chairman at that time. This historic meeting adopted the Kampala Document containing proposals for a Conference on Security, Stability, Development and Co-operation in Africa. The Kampala Document stresses the interconnectedness of security, stability, development and cooperation and argues that any attempt to tackle one in isolation would only yield marginal result.
- The Farm House Dialogue Series: The Farm House Dialogue is one of ALF national programmes. It is an informal platform specifically designed to facilitate vertical and horizontal interaction among and between diverse groups of Nigerians. 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.
The Africa Forum , ALF regional development Journal is a quarterly publication of the Africa Leadership Forum. Since the maiden edition in 1991 containing an interview with President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, over 20 editions covering broad spectrum of regional issues have been published. Some of the issues covered were “Why Africa Cannot Pay Debts, What is Happening in South Africa, A Fighter Leader, Africa in the Wake of Globalisation, CSSDCA: An Agenda for Africa, The Status of the African Woman, Africa and the Crisis of Leadership.”
DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
- Conference on Sustainment of Democratisation on the African Continent (Benin, 1992)
- Corruption, democracy and Human Rights in East and Central Africa (Uganda, 1994);
- Corruption, Democracy and Human Rights in Southern Africa (South Africa, 1995)
- The Challenges of Post-Apartheid (Namibia).