Structure of programme
The annual 10-day ANLP programme is attended by 27-30 participants from 12 – 17 African countries. The programme focuses on learning by experiencing leadership. The first part of the programme will focus on team building, communication (scientific and other) and leadership. The second part of the programme focuses on a variety of issues related to leadership in nutrition in Africa.
This leadership development model used during the programme promotes leadership development by eliciting experiences through multiple exposures that promote a greater self-awareness of the candidates. The candidates are divided into teams and committees. Within each of these groups they carry out several challenging task amidst the ongoing training programme resulting in multiple exposures and conflicting demands that promote greater self-awareness and growth along different fronts. The exposures include;
- A variety of challenges, new experiences, difficult goals and conflict situations
- Time for self-critical reflection including peer feedback and opportunities for candidates be aware of the gap between their current status quo and their desired leadership competencies
- Continued reflection and feedback from peers and the ANLP Support Team
- Support from the ANLP Team to encourage growth and provide guidance according to need.
The leadership capabilities that are developed during the process include:
- Advocacy skills
- Ability to balance conflicting demands
- Ability to learn
- Leadership values
- Ability to build and maintain relationships
- Ability to build effective work groups
- Communication skills
- Ability to develop others
- Management skills
- Ability to think and act strategically
- Ability to think creatively
- Ability to initiate and implement change
The programme is informal, intensive and a positive attitude, a good sense of humour as well as a desire to learn will contribute to the enjoyment and success of the experience for each participant.