African Leaders Deliberate on Peace and Security Issues at the African Leadership Forum 2017 in Johannesburg

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The African Leadership Forum 2017

The African Leadership Forum 2017 builds on three previously successful dialogues convened by H.E. Benjamin W. Mkapa, former President of Tanzania, that have focused on Africa’s transformation, integration in Africa and African business. This year, the Forum will be co-chaired by H.E. Benjamin Mkapa and H.E. Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa, and held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more


The African Leadership Forum (ALF) is Africa’s dedicated space for open and frank discussion about the challenges facing the continent, by the continent. It is organised by the Office of the Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Benjamin W. Mkapa in conjunction with the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute).

Each year, a different theme is determined based on inputs from the previous year and analysis. The topics are carefully selected to address the depths and gaps that are not often touched upon in the current global conferences – either because Africans are not setting the agendas or framing the discussions, or because of ignorance or shame. The real social, political, economic (and other) challenges facing the continent require that those entrusted to lead and steward the continent have opportunities to share, reflect, learn, deliberate on key challenges and collaborate to take maximum advantage of emerging opportunities. The ALF aims to address this ‘gap’ by bringing the key decision-makers and leaders together for these dialogues.

Participants represent public, private, and civil society organisations and actors. Particularly those engaged at the regional and continental levels. In particular, the ALF reflects on the institutional context(s) of Africa – where there are impediments, where there is potential, what is lacking, what is worth persevering with, and what is going well. In this way, the African Leadership Forum goes beyond merely an event, and is evolving into a community of eminent Africans concerned for and with the greater good of the continent and her people.

The African Leadership Forums is where African leaders come to be equipped, inspired and enabled to steward sustainable development and transformation on the continent, for the continent, by the continent.

The 2017 African Youth Leadership Essay Competition

African citizens between the age of 18-25 are invited to submit an essay for this year’s Leadership Essay Contest organised by the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute).

“If you were a leader, what would you do to ensure that peace and security is achieved and sustained in Africa?”
14 July, 2017
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The African Leadership Forum 2016