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The GSDPP and international partners launch innovative African management programme
25 Nov 2015 - 12:15
The Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with leading educational institutions in west Africa and France, in a cooperative agreement to develop the skills of top African managers.
The LeAD (Leaders pour l’Afrique de Demain / Global Leaders for Africa’s Development) Programme will be run in conjunction with The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), the Higher Institute of Management (ISM) in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, and CEFEB, the corporate university of the French Development Agency.
The programme was launched in Paris on 13 November.
The LeAD Campus programme is a five-month certificate programme aimed at training senior African managers capable of incorporating the challenges related to growth and sustainable development on the continent into the practices of their companies and organisations.
The programme will be a mix of intensive on-site, residential training with participants who will need to be proficient in English and French, spending a week in Cape Town (April), a week in Dakar (June), and the final week of the course in Paris (September). This will be supported by innovative distance learning modules that combine e-learning, business games and language skills enhancement. Throughout the programme, participants will be mentored by an expert with extensive experience in business in Africa. Programme participants will be drawn from domestic and international companies operating across Africa.
The professional development programme aims to enhance the leadership and business skills of current and future African leaders in the public and private sectors as well as to develop supportive professional networks across the continent.
Key Partners The Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice) at UCT (University of Cape Town)
Since its inception in 2011, the GSDPP at the University of Cape Town has been committed to identifying and mentoring emerging leaders. GSDPP offers training and scholarship in strategic public leadership in Africa and our academic programmes are aimed specifically at senior government officials.
The School hosts four main programmes:
• A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Programme in Development Policy and Practice for public sector managers.
• The Building Bridges Programme, which connects political leaders and policy experts across Africa to deepen understanding around key challenges facing the continent.
• Executive Short Courses on public policy and leadership for senior public officials, non-profit leaders and business leaders.
• Innovative Research on governance and development in Africa.
Two of Africa’s top economics thinkers serve as Senior Fellows: Professor Thandika Mkandawire, Chair of African Development at the London School of Economics and Visiting Professor at UCT and Trevor Manuel, former South African Minister of Finance, and Honorary Professor at UCT. GSDPP’s teaching staff are largely practitioners with extensive experience in the public, non-profit and/or private sectors. The GSDPP is well placed to promote scholarship on African experiences of development policy and practice, and to shape discourses that are based on continental realities.
The brainchild of a taskforce comprised of Hubert Védrine, Lionel Zinsou, Tidjane Thiam, Jean-Michel Severino and Hakim El Karoui, AfricaFrance’s creation was approved in December 2013 at the Elysée Summit for Peace and Security and was ratified in February 2015 by the French and African Heads of State at the Franco-African Forum for Shared Growth. AfricaFrance brings together governments, companies, local authorities, non-profit organisations, education and research establishments, both African and French, with the objective of renewing economic relations between France and the African continent in order to promote shared, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Sciences Po Executive Education
Over the past 40 years, Sciences Po Executive Education has been assisting French and international stakeholders from both the public and the private sectors in their drive to transform and develop. The programme draws its specificity from a rich diversity of knowledge and approaches, combined with a strong tradition of educational innovation rooted in professional reality. Sciences Po Executive Education offers 120 training programmes (degree-awarding, certificates and short courses) in four areas of expertise: Public Affairs & Regulation; Strategy, Leadership & Governance; Digital & Media Communications; and Personal Efficiency & coaching.
Higher Institute of Management (ISM), Dakar
Founded in 1992, ISM is a key player in higher education in Africa. As the leading business school in Francophone sub-Saharan Africa, ISM has trained, since its inception, some 15,000 leaders from nearly 30 countries. The training offered covers all cycles of higher education (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD). In addition to delivering training programmes in management sciences, ISM also offers, via several specialised institutions, courses in business law, applied computer sciences and political sciences. With antenna institutions established in 10 cities located throughout Senegal, ISM constitutes the country’s largest national network of higher education. ISM is a member of the leading African and international academic networks (AABS, CAMES, AUF, EFMD, AACSB, etc.) and works in close partnership with several universities and educational establishments worldwide.
The French Development Agency (AFD)
A public institution that plays a pivotal role in France’s cooperation policy, the French Development Agency (AFD) has been working for 70 years to reduce poverty and promote development in countries in the South. Through subsidies, loans, guarantee funds as well as debt-reduction and development contracts, AFD finances projects, programmes and studies while supporting the capacity-building efforts of its partners in the South. PROPARCO, AFD’s private-sector arm, provides funding and assistance for the projects of companies and financial institutions in emerging and developing countries. The mission of the CEFEB (Centre for Financial, Economic and Banking Studies), AFD’s corporate university, is to transfer knowledge and showcase the best practices essential to the development-related activities of the players in the AFD ecosystem. As a tool to promote change, the CEFEB aims to build the capacities of individuals and organisations. Its activities centre on three methods of action: degree and skills-training programmes, discussions with development stakeholders, and promoting French expertise.