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Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) and its partners are convening the inaugural Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa International Conference, scheduled to be held in September 2013.
This paper should explore contemporary issues obtaining in Africa today, focusing on poignant socio-political, economic and cultural perspectives whilst pointing out the opportunities and challenges facing the continent. It should examine the status of leadership on the continent and map out development actors and initiatives that are seeking to address the leadership quagmire Africa is struggling with.
The paper should focus on the type of leadership Africa needs today, ensuring that issues such as gender sensitivity, shared and inclusive leadership and re-orientation of current experienced leadership are included. Emerging, innovative and forward thinking leadership training methodologies should be explored.
This paper should explore ways of giving visibility to women’s leadership, costing and valuing women’s contribution as well as leadership in the women’s movement. It should analyse the challenges facing women’s leadership and suggest a way forward towards transformative leadership for women.
This paper should focus on the essential elements for transformational youth leadership. It should focus on mentoring and nurturing the youth into a leadership that will create a continent with sustainable resources, and address current issues facing youth in Africa, including unemployment, HIV/AIDS, involvement in social unrest, and high drug use amongst others.
The private sector is often touted as one of the key drivers of economies. This paper should examine what facets of private sector leadership makes it successful, highlighting lessons that can be learnt and adopted to invigorate women’s leadership on the African continent and how we can take advantage of prospective partnerships, philanthropy and the private sector’s support of transformative leadership. Successful private leaders contributing to the development of Africa should be showcased including successful entrepreneurs who exhibit the type of leadership Africa needs.
Researchers have conducted some comparative studies about leadership in various countries but more is needed in Africa to enhance understanding of how leadership is transformed from social, political and cultural perspectives. This paper should examine the state of ethics and values among leaders today, explore the concept of leadership management in African communities and the impact of transformational leadership in varying cultural, political and social contexts, stating the expected outcomes of a transformed leadership in terms of ethics and values.
Urgent Action Fund-Africa is a consciously feminist and women's human rights Pan African Fund established in 2001. As the first rapid response fund in the continent, UAF-Africa adds value to the work of activists and civil society organisations focusing on women's active socio-political participation and visibility by leveraging resources and opportunities for critical engagement that advance women's human rights.