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"Making Leaders". The Economist. 24 July 2003. ALPN director, Dr. Michael Isimbabi's letter in response to The Economist's cover story, "Now for Africa" (03 July 2003). www.economist.com/opinion/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1940144


African Leaders on African Leadership & Governance


Reports, Papers, Articles, Etc.


"Africa is beyond bemoaning the past for its problems. The task of undoing that past is on the shoulders of African leaders themselves, with the support of those willing to join in a continental renewal. We have a new generation of leaders who know that Africa must take responsibility for its own destiny, that Africa will uplift itself only by its own efforts in partnership with those who wish her well." ............Nelson Mandela


The listing below is by no means complete and is being continuously expanded and updated. Suggestions of articles, papers, and other documents that merit inclusion in the list are welcome. Please send links or articles/documents to: editor@africanprogress.net.


Listings are largely in reverse chronological order.



Web Sites

The African Union - Web Site

NEPAD - Web Site

"Governance for a Progressing Africa" - African Development Forum IV

UN Economic Commission for Africa.


Amoako's Africa Diary [Blog]. Reflections on African development from the head of the UN's Economic Commission for Africa.


Reports, Papers, Articles, Etc.


African Leaders on African Leadership - Excerpts

A compilation of excerpts from some of the articles cited below.




Gaddafi urges African solutions.16 May 2004. The Libyan leader tells a regional summit in Mali that outside powers should not intervene in Africa's conflicts.


NEPAD: African Leaders Take Stock, Project Into Future. Charles Ozoemena. The Vanguard (Nigeria). 12 March 2004.


NEPAD: African Leaders & Experts at Loggerheads. 05 March 2004. Peter Fabricius. The Star (South Africa). African leaders and the experts running the NEPAD African Peer Review Mechanism are at loggerheads. They disagree over whether or not their reports on individual countries should be released to the public in their raw, unedited form.


Peer Review Mechanism to Put Africa On Path to Recovery. 04 March 2004. BuaNews/AllAfrica.com.


Peer Review Moving Forward, Says NEPAD Secretariat Chief. Charles Cobb Jr. AllAfrica.com. 19 February 2004


Peer Review is Bold Advance for Africa. Jonathan Katzenellenbogen. Business Day (South Africa), 18 February 2004. African leaders say the NEPAD process is more about learning than criticism


Good Governance and Development in Africa: A Critical Nexus. K. Y. Amoako, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa. 5th Andrew Young Lecture, Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, Washington, D.C., 18 February 2004.


NEPAD: How Peer Review Will Help Africa, By Obasanjo. Paul Ohia. This Day (Nigeria). February 16, 2004


Africa’s Low Industrial Transformation Due To Bad Leadership: Ugandan President, Xinhua News Agency, December 4, 2003. Excerpt


Chissano sees NEPAD as solution to African conflicts. 16 September 2003. PANA.


The Future of Leadership in Africa. Thulani S. Gcabashe. MoneyWeb (Johannesburg), October 09, 2003.


Gambian leader says NEPAD is a failure. 23 July 2003. Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh on Wednesday renewed his criticism of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), saying the initiative has already failed to deliver the goods.


NEPAD Will Never Work - President Jammeh. J. T. Ibrahim Brown & Malick Mboob. The Daily Observer (Gambia). Africa News Service, July 24, 2002. Excerpt


Botswana President Says Peace, Security Key to Attracting Investment to Africa, Asia Africa Intelligence Wire, June 25, 2003. Excerpt


Zambian Envoy Blames Africa's Woes On Bad Leadership, Asia Africa Intelligence Wire, July 7, 2003. (From Pan African News Agency (PANA) Daily Newswire). Excerpt


Africa Faces Peace, Leadership and Governance Challenges. Africa News Service, July 2, 2002. Excerpt


African leaders not children, says Gaddafi. Joe Kaunda. 11 July 2002. Western governments must respect African leaders because they are not children or pupils, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said Wednesday.

Huge challenge for African Union. BBC News. 8 July 2002. It will not be easy to achieve the African Union's goals of economic progress and good governance, warns United Nations' Kofi Annan.

Obasanjo urges patience with African leaders. The Guardian (Nigeria). 10 July 2002.

Africa's New Realism. Thabo Mbeki. New York Times. 24 June 2002.


NEPAD is Our Idea, say African Leaders. World Economic Forum. 5 June 2002


Manuel: NEPAD Faces Problems. "...(South African Finance Minister Trevor) Manuel also acknowledged that it would be tough to persuade every African country to submit to a process of "peer review" on sound political governance - keeping their side of the bargain to boost investment flows."


Reducing Poverty in Africa Needs Good Leadership. Elly Wamari. Africa News Service. 7 December 2001. Excerpt


Call for Leadership in Africa, Business Day (South Africa). 10 July 2001. UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan told African leaders Monday they needed courage and leadership to rebuild the continent, a task he compared to Europe’s reconstruction after the devastation of the two world wars.


Annan Blames African Leaders. BBC News. 11 July 2000. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has told the political leaders of Africa that they are to blame for most of the continent's problems.


Stop Blaming Colonialism, U.N. Chief Tells Africa. Barbara Crossette. New York Times, 17 April 1998.


Obasanjo Blames Poor Leadership for Africa's Decline. Africa News Service. 6 March 2000. Excerpt


Africa In Today’s World and the Challenges of Leadership (1989)

--The challenge of leadership in African development - Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, President of Nigeria (then)

--Africa in Today’s World, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria (currently)
--Forum Discussion

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