Supporting the progress of the YALI Program, the Accra Regional Leadership Centre (RLC), as part of United States government initiative, Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) RLC, offers innovative and game changing leadership training programs for West Africa. The program is hosted by Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and the first cohort came in 31st July 2014.
The program is two pronged by design with the Emerging Leaders Program targeting Africa’s young leaders and the Executive Leadership Program targeting the more experienced African leader group. The overall program entails a combination of taught content as well as practical and in-the-field leadership engagements.
The Emerging Leaders Program teaches young African leaders about modern leadership over a period of 17 weeks. The program is broken down into four phases – a 5 week coursework phase delivered in-person or online and the remaining 12 weeks distributed equally among a mentorship program, internship or community service, and a report writing period. Focusing on the 5 week coursework phase, it will entail three core courses (Leadership and Accountability, Ethics, and Contemporary issues affecting Africa) and one elective course selected from a sample of three courses covering three themes, namely Entrepreneurship, Public Policy and Management, and Civil Society Management.
The in-person training will be conducted in Ghana at the Accra RLC whereas the on-line course will be available from any location around West Africa. Course facilitators/trainers will be selected from among proven leaders from Africa and around the world. Innovative teaching and training approaches will be used to enhance learner experience and motivation. Various evaluation methods will be employed including self-evaluation/introspection and assessment of individual or group work by the course facilitator.
In order to provide the best experience to online students, the online course platform will offer downloading of training videos, transcripts of lectures as well as lecture notes and reports on field/organizational visits by course participants. Online chat rooms and other communication platforms will be set up to enable learner collaboration (group work, team projects etc.) as well as to allow students engage course facilitators. It is worth noting, however, that the curriculum for both modes of study is the same.
The leadership training program has been developed and will continue to develop partnerships with leading universities from the United States and Ghana, international and local development organizations as well as the private sector in-order to develop and implement a strong and innovative curriculum that will produce transformative leaders in Africa.
The YALI RLC West Africa is a host partner of YALI TV