Launch of the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 13:26

The Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG), King's College London successfully launched the African Leadership Centre (ALC) on 24 June 2010 in Nairobi. The ALC will operate in partnership with the university of Nairobi and other African institutions. 

The ALC is an exciting new initiative led by CSDG. The ALC will contribute to Africa's long-term social, political and economic development by mentoring and training the next generation of talented, young leaders and facilitating their participation in change processes within their communities.

The launch was held at the intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi. The keynote speaker was Professor Abdoulaye Bathily, Secretary-General of the Democratic League/Movement for the Labour Party. The launch was attended by 150 guests from organisations including the Women's Development Fund, Ford Foundation, University of Nairobi, Makerere University, the Swedish Embassy and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The launch was accompanied by a number of activities including an Alumni conference which reunited Fellows from six years of CSDG's fellowship programmes. The ALC also hosted a mapping conference on peace and security institutions in Africa attended by representatives from tertiary Institutions and NGOs from across the continent.

Conflict, Security and Development Group/King's College London Fellowship Alumni Conference-The African Leadership Centre hosted the first Conflict, Security and Development Group Fellowship Alumni Conference on 23 June 2010 in Nairobi. The conference offered the first opportunity for fellows from across Africa to reflect on their post-fellowship experiences and assess the fellowship programme from a practical perspective. Current fellows also participated in the day-long conference. The conference was also attended by both mentors of the programme and staff, and was
followed by an Alumni cocktail hosted on the ALC premises.

ALC Mapping Study-A  workshop entitled "The Mapping of Peace and Security Studies in African Tertiary Institutions," was held on June 24th at the African Leadership Centre (ALC) in Nairobi. The workshop brought together African faculty members and policy-makers from across the continent who are working on issues related to peace, security and development. The purpose of the workshop was to present the findings of the mapping research to the
project funders and peace and security practitioners, and to discuss ways to broaden and synergize peace and security studies in African universities. Carnegie Corporation, the funding agency for this project, was represented at the workshop.

Research on the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Juba Peace Process-Dylan Hendrickson, CSDG Senior Research Fellow, was in Kenya and Uganda from 26 April-May 6 to conduct research on the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Juba Peace Process which came to an end in 2008. On 17 May he was in the Hague to take part in a closed-door experts meeting organized by the Clingendael Institute to discuss new approaches for dealing with the LRA problem.

Simulation Seminars - CSDG will be holding two simulation seminars on the topics of tackling the fallout of the 'Offshore Presidency' and Power Vacuum in Nigeria(5 March 2010) and No leaders in Africa? A Closer Look at the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership(12 March 2010). The simulation exercises will be undertaken by CSDG Peace and Security Fellows and ECOWAS Fellows. Please click on the above events titles for further information and to reserve your place at these events.

Call for Applications - CSDG, King's College London/ALC, is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Peace, Security and Development Fellowships for African Scholarsstarting September 2010. The Fellowships are over 18-month period and comprise a rigorous training programme on peace, security and development, which includes a 12-Month Master's (M.A) programme at King's College London and an attachment to an African University. The programme is funded by the Carnegie Corporation. The deadline for the Fellowship applications is 17:00 hrs UK time, Wednesday 31 March 2010. Please click on the programme title above for further information on how to apply.

Call for Applications-CSDG, King's College London/ALC (African Leadership Centre), is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women starting September 2010. The Fellowships are over a one year period and include two 6-months phases. The first phase of research and training will be delivered at the ALC, Nairobi and King's College London. In the second phase, Fellows will be attached to an African regional organization or Centre of Excellence to undertake practical work in the field of peace and security including peace and conflict management processes. The deadline for the Fellowship applications is 17:00 hrs UK time, Wednesday 31 March 2010. Please click on the programme title above for further information on how to apply.

Mentoring Camp for Girls - Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin, CSDG Director, and Eka Ikpe, Research Associate, participated in the December 2009 Mentoring Camp for Girls as mentors from 13th -17th of December 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Mentoring Camp for Girls is an innovative project that provides a forum for promoting personal transformation and empowerment of young African girls, and is aimed at increasing their potential to become key players in facilitating transformative change on the African continent.

HIV/AIDS and Gender-based violence - Eka Ikpe, CSDG Research Associate, participated in a workshop on 'Responding to HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict settings in Africa' hosted by the Urgent Action Fund, Africa and Isis Women's International Cross Cultural Exchange (Issis-WICCE) from 7th-9th December 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Workshop was convened to share the findings of a two-year research project on interlinkages between HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence and conflict.

Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform in the DRC-Dylan Hendrickson was in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 8-15 December 2009 to work on developing a methodology for a Strategic Governance and Security Assessment which CSDG is contributing to as part of the DFID-led Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform Programme.

UN Roster of SSR Experts-Dr Funmi Olonisakin, CSDG Director, and Dylan Hendrickson, Senior Research Fellow, attended a two-day meeting organized by the United Nations SSR Unit where members of the newly-established 'SSR Roster' were briefed on the UN's approach to SSR. The meeting took place in Geneva from 3-4 December 2009.

SSR in the Democratic Republic of Congo-Dylan Hendrickson, Senior Research Fellow and Missak Kasongo of Securitas Congo co-presented a paper on 'Strategic Challenges Facing
Security Sector Reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo' at a conference co-organized by the Open Society Initiative South Africa (OSISA) and the Center for International Cooperation (CIC), New York University, in Kinshasa from 2-3 November 2009.

CSDG Study Fellows Arrive -Eight new study fellows have arrived in London to take part in the 2009/2010 ECOWAS and Women's Peace and Security Fellowship programmes, funded by ECOWAS, DANIDA and the Open Society Institute. This year's CSDG study fellows hail from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.

ECOWAS Partnership - CSDG Senior Research Fellow Dr Abiodun Alao was in Abuja, Nigeria from 7-9 September for consultations with the ECOWAS Department of Political Affairs about development of a plan of action to implement the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework.

Peace-building in Africa -CSDG Director Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin and Research Fellow Eka Ikpe were in Gaberone, Botswana from 25-28 August to present a paper on the topic of the 'UN Peace-Building Commission: Problems and Prospects', at a meeting organised by the University of Botswana, the  Centre for Conflict Resolution (University of Cape Town), and the University of Cambridge.

New papers by CSDG staff - Two papers commissioned by the Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR) and written by CSDG Research Fellows Dylan Hendrickson and Wale Ismail have recently been published. These papers examine the Challenges facing the Donor SSR Policy Agenda and the Case for a Security and Justice Focus in Development Assistance Programming.

African Youth - on 16-17 June, Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin and Dr Olawale Ismail attended a workshop entitled "African Youth: From Marginalisation to citizenship?" organised by the International Development Centre (IDC), Open University. Dr Olonisakin and Dr Ismail made a joint presentation entitled "Marginality as a Resource: Gender Dimensions of Youth's Transformation of Vulnerability in West Africa". The papers presented at the workshop will be reproduced in a special issue of Development and Change, and in a book compilation to be edited by Dr Alcinda Honwana, IDC Director.

Africa for Peace Programme Review - during the first half of June, Dr Abiodun Alao was part of a team that undertook an appraisal of this Danish-funded programme and made recommendations for the second phase. The review covered the activities of the African Union, ECOWAS, IGAD, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), EASBRICOM and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). The team visited Abuja, Accra, Addis Ababa, Djibouti and Nairobi.


Militancy and Violence in West Africa - a conference on this theme took place at King's College London on 23-24 April. The meeting, which was co-sponsored by the Swedish Defence College, CSDG and the International Peace and Security Group, examined issues around political radicalisation and violence in the sub-region. CSDG members Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin, Dr Abiodun Alao and Dr Wale Ismail presented papers.

New Congo 'External Accountability' programme On 23 April the UK-supported Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform programme was officially launched in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. CSDG Senior Research Fellow Dylan Hendrickson is part of the core team that will design the programme in partnership with a number of Congolese and international partners over the coming four months.

YOVEX launch Two teams from CSDG visited Anglophone and Francophone West Africa during the 1-15 April to launch the key findings from the study on Youth Vulnerability and Exclusion. The launch events in each of the seven countries (Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) were well attended by representatives of governments, civil society and the research communities.

DFID Security and Justice meeting CSDG Director Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin and Eka Ikpe, Research Associate, participated in a meeting convened by DfID on March 18 to discuss themes around security and justice which will be developed in the Department's new White Paper on Tackling Global Poverty. Dr Olonisakin presented a 'Blue Sky' think piece on the future of security and justice for the poor which opened the debate and offered a number of key ideas on how DfID security and justice programming can make a bigger difference in the lives of the poor.