WELCOME TO TLP AFRICA
The Transformational Leadership Program (Africa) was formerly known as the “RLS Fellowship and Mentorship Programme”. The programme began with do my homework for me example cause and effect financial support from Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s special initiative on forced migration in East Africa, through the East Africa Regional Office.
The fellowship and mentorship programme is informed especially by the findings of two studies commissioned by RLS. The first study, undertaken in 2015 by University of Nairobi’s Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA), analysed climate change and its role as a catalyst for conflicts and forced migration in Kenya. It was not conclusive on the matter and suggested that climate change was just but one factor to conflicts and forced migration in the Kenya. It suggested that other key aspects of social life, economic and governance issues contributed significantly to the protracted conflicts in various parts of the country.
In response to that conclusion, RLS, commissioned another study in 2016 to explore the role of governance in preventing, managing and ending conflicts in Kenya. It assessed various contexts of the many underlying dynamics of the Kenyan society and the role of the government in managing conflicts. Among the findings of this second study was the conclusion that the Kenyan society is engulfed in so many historical economic, social and political problems that cumulatively contribute to forming the foundations on which conflicts stem and thrive. The key challenge was attributed to the lack of responsible leaders who can fully commit themselves to the noble work of addressing the root causes of conflicts in Kenya, and the systemic issues of governance and political positioning involving different groups of people.
Generally, young people in Africa are actively involved in the social, economic, and political developments of their countries and, in the process, also constructing their own identities as a demographic group. They are often viewed concurrently as creative and destructive forces in the continent. Indeed, young people have been at the forefront of major social transformations in history, whether in politics, economics, religion, popular culture, or community building. They often shape and express political aspirations in surprising ways including fracturing conventional public spaces, reinventing or even bypassing them, in the same way they have shattered the nationalist projects of the post-independence state by embracing new ways of looking at their societies. In economic terms, the youth are major players in new informal economies that we see across many African countries including Kenya and are leading in processes of globalisation, as well as in the description of alternative local forms of modernity. This is amplified by the fact that the majority of African population is under 35 years old, thus constituting a critical cohort in the growth and development (or otherwise) of Africa, and a big potential player in resolving some of Africa’s most protracted socioeconomic, political and environmental challenges.
However, despite the above potential, the youth are often placed at the margins of the public sphere and major political, socio-economic, and cultural processes. The challenging situation on the continent today makes young people particularly vulnerable. Many have little or no access to education, employment and livelihoods, healthcare and basic healthy nutrition. Within this stressful and rapidly changing environment in the 21st century, how do young people organise and make sense of their daily lives? How do they negotiate their private and public roles and envision their futures? In particular, how can young people from various sectors of the economy contribute to peaceful coexistence of communities including preventing and resolving conflicts whenever they arise? These and many other similar do my homework for me example cause and effect questions are what many policymakers, civil society actors and individual analysts in Africa seek to answer and this special initiative on forced migration in Kenya is part of various efforts trying to answer these questions. This programme thus steps in to attempt to build the capacity and provide a space for the youth to realise and achieve their potential through transformational leadership.
The fellowship programme seeks to:
❖ Enhance the capacity of youth leaders in Kenya through training and mentorship programmes on transformational leadership and prevention and management of conflicts in the country;
❖ Disseminate key findings and recommendations of the RLS study on the role of the government in Kenya in the prevention and management of conflicts;
❖ Gather and document success stories from youth leaders in Kenya on how to prevent and manage conflicts and share them widely for possible learning and replication in other communities and countries facing similar or related challenges;
❖ Identity further policy recommendations from youth leaders for sharing with relevant bodies, especially government authorities for integration and implementation.
For 2017 and 2018, the programme focuses exclusively on Kenya, but with the hope of including other countries in the future. 30 (13 female and 17 male) fellows drawn from 23 target counties in the 8 regions (former provinces) of Kenya are participating in the programme.