Contributed $300,000 from Infotech Investment Group funds and raised an additional $52,000 from various supporters.
- 76 fellows graduated in four classes drawn from six countries. Each Fellow completed a series of four 4-day Aspen Institute-moderated seminars over 36 months and committed to carry out a high-impact community leadership project.
- Hosted a dinner in March 2006 for the Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, also
Executive Director of the Realizing Rights: Ethical Globalization Initiative, in order to engage in dialogue on a number of leadership and trade-related issues.
The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) - East Africa was launched in June 2002 with an inaugural class of 20 fellows from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. ALI/East Africa Fellows join some 700 fellows in 36 countries (and growing) as members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). The AGLN ensures fellows remain active and connected with additional seminars and gathering.
In early 2006, Ali Mufuruki met with five members of the first ALI East Africa class to create the ALI East Africa Foundation. It was legally incorporated in Tanzania as a not-for-profit organization in July of 2007.
- Registered the ALI East Africa Foundation in Dar es Salaam, opened bank account for ALI EA Foundation and paid the commitment made at the CGI 2005 (USD 30,000) into the ALI EA Foundation bank account.
- Attended the ALI Steering Committee Strategy Session.
- Met executives of two leading companies on a fundraising drive.
March 1, 2006
The African Leadership Initiative (ALI) in Dar es Salaam hosted a dinner for Mary Robinson, Executive Director of the Realizing Rights: Ethical Globalization Initiative, to engage in dialogue on a number of leadership and trade-related issues. The former President of Ireland challenged developing countries to strengthen their agenda on aid for trade. During the discussion it emerged that infrastructure development and power generation were areas where Tanzania and Africa in general needed aid to stimulate trade.
The Tanzanian members of the ALI East Africa Class of 2002 were well represented and had the opportunity to personally congratulate ALI Fellow Mahmoud Kombo who was appointed a deputy minister in the Government of Zanzibar only one week earlier.
In 2005, the Africa Leadership Initiative graduated 76 Fellows in four classes drawn from six countries. Each Fellow completed a series of four 4-day Aspen Institute-moderated seminars over 36 months and committed to carry out a high-impact community leadership project. The most recent graduation ceremony included the ALI Mozambique class, sponsored by ALI partner CETA Construction & Services. Plans for 2006 call for the launch of two new classes of 24 ALI Fellows: In May, a West Africa class, drawing from Ghana and Nigeria, will be launched with ALI partners Databank Foundation (Ghana) and LEAP Africa (Nigeria). In September, a Pan-African class drawn from six countries will be launched, with a first convening organized by ALI partner Letsema Foundation in South Africa. Interestingly, ALI has led also to a new spin-off called the 'Nigeria Leadership Initiative', bringing together senior leaders both from within Nigeria and in the Nigerian Diaspora. Their inaugural seminar was held in London in January.
- Through the kind generosity of many individuals and organization including all members of the first class of ALI EA Fellows, The West Foundation of Indianapolis, Patrick Kairu of Kampala Uganda and the philanthropic arm of Google, the commitment raised over $1 million, enough to fund a class of 24 fellows with six each from four East African countries namely Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.
- Veteran Aspen moderators Keith Berwick (founding Exec Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship program) and Ben Dunlap (President of Wofford University, South Carolina) signed on to moderate the class over a two year period.
- The first seminar has been completed for the new class in Mombasa Kenya. The class has aptly named itself 'THE 2nd LIBERATION ALI CLASS' in recognition of the need to take a fresh look at the reality of Africa's liberation from its many challenges.