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For the second cycle of the Leadership for Change programme, thirteen (13) candidates from within the SADC region were selected to participate. Click here to view their bios.

Leadership for Change Thematic Sessions

With four thematic sessions over two years, Leadership for Change will start in Mauritius in September, each session taking six days with 15 participants. The programme will have the following sessions;

Challenges of Leadership
This session will be conducted in a seminar-type exposure, focusing on reflections on leadership styles and value systems. It will draw on the experience of Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders who will interact with the participants either directly or through video conferencing. Based on the presentations, participants will critically examine their own leadership styles and values, drawing lessons from various approaches to leadership, identifying strengths and weakness.

Leading in an Integrated World
The participants will be exposed to thought leadership on the challenges and opportunities of globalization and on models of regional integration for southern Africa. This will be achieved through presentations by researchers and practitioners of regional integration and followed by debates and discussions. The objective of this session is to show the effects of globalization on developing countries and how civil society leaders should deal with critical issues such as aid effectiveness, trade liberalization, investment flows, the social dimensions and social costs of regional integration, models of regional integration and pro-poor growth and development.

Harnessing the Power of People
As mobilizing the voice of the poor for inclusive decision making is one of the most challenging tasks confronting civil society leaders, the third session will focus on the practice of harnessing the power of people. It will provide a forum for the participants to exchange experiences on approaches to harnessing the power of people to bring about change that will result in better conditions of living for the poor and the underserved. Discussions of case studies on institutional and organizational strengthening in organizing the voices of the poor for inclusive decision making processes will be part of the learning process. These will include organizational issues such as network building, building alliances and coalitions around policy advocacy interventions in a coordinated and coherent manner, as well as civil society accountability, governance, transparency and accountability.

Commitment to Act
The final thematic session is about a commitment to act which allows the participants themselves to determine their respective leadership roles and strategies by drawing on the lessons of the previous sessions. They will also be expected to develop strategies for effective coordination amongst the civil society groupings with which they are associated through networking, building alliances, building constituents, and collective leadership.

Successful participants completing all four thematic sessions will be given a certificate of participation.

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