UONGOZI Institute was invited to facilitate a session on the theoretical aspects of leadership at a two-day leadership training seminar organised by the Office of the National Assembly of Tanzania for Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons of all the Parliamentary Standing Committees as well as members of the Parliamentary Service Commission on 16th and 17th August, 2018.
The seminar was officiated by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania, Hon. Job Ndugai (MP). Two former Speakers of the Union Parliament, and one former Speaker of the Zanzibar House of Representatives were in attendance; Hon. Pius Msekwa and Hon. Anne Makinda, and Hon. Pandu Kificho, respectively. The Speaker of the Zanzibar House of Representatives, Hon. Zuber A. Maulid, and the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania, Hon. Dr. Tulia Ackson (MP) were also present.
The seminar took participants through several leadership development components, including personal leadership, ethics and good governance; managing conflicts of interest; protocol and etiquettes; and the role of parliamentary leadership in the peace and security of the nation.
As part of the session facilitated by UONGOZI Institute, the CEO of the Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja delivered a presentation, which expounded on the concept of “leadership” and leadership skills.
The Senior Management Team of the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) participated in a three-day leadership workshop organised by UONGOZI Institute from the 11th – 13th August, 2018.
During the workshop, TANAPA’s Senior Management Team was taken through three leadership development modules, namely Personal Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, Leading for Results, and the Structure of the Government of Tanzania.
Participants also reflected on role of TANAPA in the structure of the Tanzanian Government and in public service delivery.
UONGOZI Institute is pleased to congratulate Mr. Victor Ayal Ndede from Kenya for winning the 2018 African Youth 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.
The top three winners were invited to the African Leadership Forum co-convened by H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania in Kigali, Rwanda from Thursday 02nd August, 2018 to Friday 03rd August, 2018. They also attended the African Leadership Forum Gala Dinner on the 02nd where the overall winner and runners-up were announced at an award ceremony officiated by H.E. Joaquim Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique. The overall winner received a prize of $2,000. Cash prizes and certificates were also awarded to each runner-up.
The competition was open to all African citizens between the age of 18 – 25 years old. Contestants were asked to answer the following question in their essays:
“If you were an African leader how would you finance development and transformation?”
Over 2,000 essays from 36 African countries were received and rigorously evaluated using the following criteria:
The fifth African Leadership Forum (ALF), hosted by the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, and organised by UONGOZI Institute took place in Kigali, Rwanda from Thursday 02nd August, 2018 to Friday 03rd August, 2018.
This year, the ALF, under the theme “Financing Africa’s Transformation for Sustainable Development” sought to provide a platform to deliberate on the prospect of increased, improved, and effective financing for Africa’s transformation.
The Keynote Address was delivered by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda. Five former African Heads of State were in attendance, including H.E. Joaquim Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique; H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Armando Guebuza, former President of the Republic of Mozambique; H.E. Moncef Marzouki, former President of the Republic of Tunisia; and H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, former President of the Republic of Somalia. The Forum was also attended by over 100 distinguished leaders from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society.
In his welcoming remarks, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa underscored the importance of the Forum’s topic.
He stated, “In last year’s Forum, we discussed security as the key to sustainable development in Africa. This year, we decided to go further. Development requires investment; investment in philosophy, investment in organisation, investment in vision, and above all, investment in capital.”
President Mkapa added, “We thought we should exchange views on how to mobilise investment for sustainable development in our countries. The aim is to see how we can accelerate the process of economic transformation.”
In his address, President Paul Kagame stressed that Africa can finance its own development. He urged that Africa has everything it needs, and the means to acquire whatever it lacks.
“There is no doubt that Africa can finance its own development. We know this because Africa finances other people’s development, and always has,” he said.
He continued, “But we have to take responsibility for misallocation of Africa’s resources and take steps to correct that. I would rather argue that we need to mobilise the right mindset rather than more funding.”
President Kagame further mentioned three prerequisites for accelerating economic transformation in Africa.
“First, accountability, this is the foundation of good politics, which is effective and citizen-focused,” he stated, and then added, “Second, regional integration, working together across our continent. The success of financial reform of the African Union adopted in 2016 shows that Africa has the will and ability to fund common priorities.”
President Kagame concluded that the third prerequisite is the enabling of African businesses to grow and create jobs for young people.
“This is about improving the regulatory climate for enterprise and trade, building deeper capital in markets, lowering the high cost of sending remittances and changing the mindset of our youth,” he added.
Similar to previous events, the ALF 2018 was held under Chatham House Rules, whereby participants are able to speak candidly without concerns for being personally misquoted for the views expressed.
Under the overarching theme, the Forum considered three sub-themes, namely Domestic Resource Mobilisation, Halting Illicit Financial Flows, and the Global Development Financing Architecture.
Speakers at the event included Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; Dr. Donald Kaberuka, former President of the African Development Bank; Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u, former Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya; Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development; and Amb. Dr. Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization.