Faced with security, food and environmental challenges, the States of East Africa want to unite. Gathered within IGAD, they aim to launch a school that will be responsible for training people capable of proposing solutions to these challenges.
A leadership school will soon open in Nairobi, Kenya to train the next generation of East African leaders. The project is led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African grouping made up of Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea and from Ethiopia.
The Academy will attract the leaders and future leaders of the member states of the organization, i.e. a number of 25 per training session.
The trainings will focus on themes such as leadership, integrity, democracy, governance and human rights. They aim to inculcate leadership qualities, including integrity and the ability to manage crises, in order to meet the needs and challenges that are unique to the region, including food security, political instability and economic troubles.
“The main function of the academy will be to establish and build a group of visionary, strategic and ethical leaders who champion democracy and the rule of law,” said Dr Workneh Gebeyehu (pictured), executive secretary of the ‘IGAD.
For the moment, no date has been given for the launch of the Academy. However, IGAD said it was preparing an agreement with the Kenya School of Government, the school chosen to host the Academy. The agreement, which should be signed in the coming days, will mark the last step before the recruitment of students and the actual launch of the courses.