Friday, May 4, 2012

LEAD Francophone Africa Awards GYIN-Gambia National Coordinator A Fellowship


Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Africa Francophone has awarded Global Youth Innovation Network- Gambia (GYIN-Gambia) National Coordinator, Ambassador Mamadou Edrisa Njie,  its LEAD Africa fellowship programme COHORT 17, The Gambia.The fellowship will runs from 5-12 May, 2012. The official launching will be held at the Parc Zoologigue de Hannat in Dakar, Senegal. Other sessions will be held in Mbour.
LEAD Africa and the LEAD Africa Fellowship Program are part of the global LEAD network whose common mission is to inspire leadership and charge for a sustainable world.

Ambassador Njie is awarded together with other thirteen Gambians, and this year’s Cohort 17 will be made up of around thirteen young leaders drawn from different sectors of society (private, public, non-governmental etc) in The Gambia and Senegal fifty.
The LEAD Africa fellowship Program (LAFP) builds on more than a decade of experience in knowledge management and training, particularly pertaining to issues of leadership, environment and sustainable development.
It’s main objectives is to galvanize the emergence of leadership capacity in Africa, and to foster in potential leaders a greater sensitivity and responsiveness to environment and sustainability issues.
According to Ambassador Njie, LEAD carry out this fellowship mission by identifying outstanding people across sectors and cultures, developing their leadership potential and understanding of sustainable development, and mobilising and supporting them (Associates) as network to achieve the change required.
Ambassador Njie said Associates will find that the program provides them with a forum and a tool-set allowing them to develop their operational skills and leadership qualities in areas such as intercultural communication, negotiation, social entreprenuership, policy analysis and project development and implementation.
"The program also focuses attention on the ‘personal development plan’ of future associates.
"By participating in the training sessions and gaining membership to Pan-African and global networks, Associates will find opportunities to identify and realize the strengths and potential for leadership within themselves."
The full range of capacity building activities offered within LAFP consists of; two national sessions, each lasting one week and on Pan-African session (planned to take place in Malawi) also one week, totaling eighteen days of residential training at the end of which Associates graduates as fellows, he stated.
A program of presentation and debates on themes relevant to leadership, sustainable development and the environment will also be held and virtual discussions on topics of interest to leaders across Africa, said Ambassador Njie.
The total cost of the training program is of three million three hundred and fifty (3,350,000.000) francs CFA."
The International Committee of the Fellowship Program, he added, subsidies the training of all fifteen pre-selected candidates, covering 80 percent of their training coasts (fees, accommodation and travel for national and pan-African sessions, fieldwork, registration, etc).
The remaning 20 percent amounting to six hundred and seventy thousand (670,000) francs CFA, is to be paid by the candidates or a sponsoring institution (in most cases, this is the candidate’s employer), he disclosed.
He pointed out that joining LEAD, it is not only the training that is provided, but also for the lifelong membership of a vibrant network, and becoming a LEAD Fellow.
"This lifelong membership ensures that the fellows benefit from extensive contact with other leaders from across the world, from residential courses, networking and from a strong peer learning experience."
The fellow will also automatically become a member of the National or Regional Associate Project, from where further development and implementation of the LEAD Associate Projects, according to the individual Association strategy, take place, he noted.
It is expected that the Associates, throughout the training period, and after the training period, share the LEAD values.
LEAD values are as follows;
- We have a sense of urgency. Humanity is an unsustainable path, and rapid change is essential to achieve sustainability.
. We believe that leadership can take palce at many levels, and that everyone has a potential leadership role to play.
. We believe in a cross-sectoral, cross-cultural, collaborative approach to leadership and sustainable development.
. We think different perspectives, cultures and backgroungs should be respected.
. We believe that sustainable development is achievable as well as desirable.
. We share a commitment to social equity, environmental responsibility and economic progress-the three pillars of sustainable development.

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