The African Leadership Forum 2016 – Enabling African businesses to transform the continent

Former African Heads of State, government and business leaders of the African Leadership Forum 2016 underscored strong leadership as the key to unlocking the potential of African businesses to drive development, pointing towards the need for African leaders to work collectively as a continent to promote inclusivity, peace and stability, as well as in negotiating pragmatic trade agreements for the benefit of the majority of the continent’s citizens. Read more

Leadership Essay Competition 2016

UONGOZI Institute is pleased to congratulate Ms. Liz Guantai from Kenya for winning the 2016 Leadership Essay Competition. This competition was organised in order to provide a space for the youth of Africa to contribute to important discussions about leadership. 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 2016 African Youth Essay Competition

UONGOZI Institute would like to congratulate Ms. Liz Guantai for winning the 2016 African Youth Essay Competition! Information on the 2017 African Youth Essay Competition will be uploaded in April, 2017.

What would you do as a leader to address the challenges facing African businesses?
30 June, 2016
Competition Rules:
Open to African Residents between 18-35 years of age.

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The African Leadership Forum 2016