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The African Leadership Capacity Development Project
Perspectives on African Leadership, NEPAD, the African Union, Etc.
The African Investment Environment & Capital Flows

Emerging Transformational African Leaders

The Blair Commission for Africa: Commentaries & Critiques
The Resource Curse - Governance - Transparency - Corruption - Natural Resource Management


Africa-related Events in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Policy . Politics . Business . Trade . Finance . Civil Society . Arts . Culture . Entertainment

"Making Leaders". ALPN founder/director, Dr. Michael Isimbabi's letter in The Economist

African Leadership & Progress Briefs

The Mo Ibrahim African Governance Index and Leadership Prize Revisited: How Dr. Ibrahim and Other Well-Off Africans Can Best Foster Good Governance in African Countries


Addressing Africa’s Humiliation: 'Brain Gain'/'Brain Circulation' Diaspora Networks for African Progress


After the 2005 G8 and UN Summits: Independent, High-Impact Information Infrastructures and Networks for Transparency and Accountability in African Countries


Leadership & Governance Capacity Building in African Countries: Why and How Well-Off and Accomplished Africans, Especially "Brain Drain" Africans, Should Proactively Take Charge of Fostering African Progress

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The Mo Ibrahim African Governance Index and Leadership Prize - Commentaries & Critiques

Illicit Capital Flows, Tax Evasion, and African Development

Brain Drain, Brain Gain, Brain Circulation, Diaspora Africans, and Capacity Building in Africa

Perspectives on African Leadership, NEPAD, the African Union, Etc.


The Global African Professionals / Experts / Intellectuals / Scholars Network

See also: "Brain Drain, Brain Gain, Brain Circulation, Diaspora Africans, and Capacity Building in Africa"

"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

ALPN is developing what should eventually become a global network of African and non-African ("Africanist"1) professionals/experts/scholars/intellectuals, which will:

  • facilitate generation, discussion, exchange, and dissemination of ideas and innovative approaches in various subject areas, thereby harnessing knowledge/intellectual capital that can help to foster African development;
  • help to nurture and provide intellectual support and mentoring to young and emerging African leaders; and
  • facilitate the formation of professional, business, political, and social networks and alliances that can serve to advance discourse and action on various issues that are critical to African progress.

The Network will include Web-based databases of professionals / experts / scholars / intellectuals and discussion forums in this section.

Emphasis will be placed on the most innovative ways of utilizing Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) and the Internet for development.

This section also features numerous ideas and innovations that are being successfully utilized to foster progress in developing countries.

In effect, the Network will help to address the "human capital drain" issue by harnessing the intellectual capital, professional expertise, and other resources of "overseas Africans" to foster technology and knowledge transfer, and thereby help to enhance human and institutional capacity in African countries.

As is well-known, most accomplished "overseas Africans" are deeply distressed about slow progress in their countries and Africa’s dismal international image, and are therefore strongly interested in using their expertise to help foster progress in the continent. We therefore expect that they would welcome and actively participate in a credible and effective vehicle for doing so.

To join the Network, please send a CV/resume/bio (or link to Web page) to: network@africanprogress.net




1. "Africanist" refers in this context to persons who are not citizens of African countries but who are interested in or are working on issues related to fostering African progress.





AFFORD - The African Foundation for Development (UK)


Diaspora Development Professionals Network


Database of African Organisations




Africa's Brain Gain






African Professionals Network (AfriPRO)


NiPRO International Network (an organization of Nigerian Professionals)


Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)


Association for Higher Education and Development (AHEAD)


International Organization for Migration


Migration Policy Institute


South African Network of Skills Abroad (SANSA)


TOKTEN (Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals) Initiative - United Nations



Additional Information & Initiatives



John Agada and Malore I. Brown. "Towards a Networked Community of Africans in the Diaspora: Problems and Prospects," IFLA Journal 24 (1998) No.4.


John Agada and Martha Hale. Using Cyberspace to Nurture Civil Society in Nigeria and USA: An Educational Partnership Model. In: DIAC 2000 – Shaping the Network Society: The Future of the Public Sphere in Cyberspace. Proceedings of CPSR Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. May 20-23, 2000.


[Dr. John Agada is a director of The African Leadership and Progress Network]


Richard Joseph. Smart Partnerships for African Development: A New Strategic Framework, United States Institute of Peace, Special Report 88, May 2002.


Richard Joseph. Facing Africa's Predicament: Academe Needs to Play a Stronger Role, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 7, 2003.


Yogesh Malhotra. Global Knowledge Management in e-Economy and Knowledge Assets in the Global Economy: Assessment of National Intellectual Capital, Journal of Global Information Management, July-Sept, 2000.


Peter Cukor and Lee Warren McKnight, Knowledge Networks, the Internet, and Development (October 2001). MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4193-01.


Exploring the Development of a Sustainable African Expertise Network in the Field of Higher Education. Seminar Presentation, Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET), South Africa. November 2003.


The Best Investments: Education, Research and Development. Arab Human Development Report 2003. UNDP.


African NGOs: A kaleidoscope of efforts. World Resources Institute. 2003.

Networking and Capacity Development in Developing Countries. Reflections after the Annual Conference of the European Association for International Education. Margarita Langthaler, Austrian Foundation for Development Research, Vienna. October 2003


Philip Emeagwali (winner of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize for Supercomputing; described by CNN as one of the fathers of the Internet):


How Do We Reverse the Brain Drain?

Why Nigerians Are Not Returning Home

Africa: Education and Brain Drain

Brain Drain from Africa

What Can Technology do for Africa?

Can Nigeria Leapfrog into the Information Age?



Target Africa 2015 (PDF) - development awareness, networking & lifelong learning among African organisations in London, African Diaspora and Development Day (ad3). africa21


AFFORD - The African Foundation for Development (UK) - Diaspora, Migration and Development

Mobilising Africa's diaspora for development

Globalisation and Development: A Diaspora Dimension (AFFORD's response to DFID's 1997 White Paper on international development)

Harnessing Mobility and Identity for Africa's Transformation

Aid agencies interventions in Africa - Helping to create brain gain? * 

Can NEPAD harness the African diaspora’s developmental efforts? * 

Contributions by African organisations in the UK to Africa’s development *


Seminar Offers Remedies For Africa’s ‘Brain Drain. The seminar on ‘Strategic Skills for Africa 2004: Trans-national Expansion within Africa’ was held from 7 to 8 September 2004 by AfricaRecruit, an initiative of the Commonwealth Business Council that aspires to promote sustainable development in Africa through the use of human resources.


Why is Africa losing its best brains? BBC News. 19 March, 2004. Thousands of Africa's professionals and students are leaving the continent for better prospects in Europe, USA or India.


Brain Drain to Brain Gain. UNESCO.


Reversing Africa's 'brain drain': New initiatives tap skills of African expatriates. Gumisai Mutume. Africa Recovery, July 2003.


Rethinking the Brain Drain. Oded Stark. ZEF-Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 71, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, June 2003.


Investing in Return: Rates of Return of African Ph.D.s Trained in North America. Mark Pires, Ronald Kassimir & Mesky Brhane. 1999. Social Science Research Council


The Role of Capacity Building in Reversing Poverty. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Chief Economist, Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP

Capacity Development: The Role of Regional Integration Groupings. UNCTAD meeting with regional integration organizations from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss training and capacity development strategies in the fields of international trade, investment and ICT for development. 15-19 March 2004.

Capacity Building Initiatives in Higher Education. Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET), South Africa. 2002.

Public Sector Leadership Capacity Development for Good Governance in Africa. (Links to: Final Report; Background Information & Papers; Seminar; Participants; Speeches, Etc.). 27-30 January 2004, Kampala, Uganda.

Southern Africa Capacity Initiative (SACI). UNDP. SACI aims to help Southern African countries with very high HIV & AIDS prevalence rates to arrest the capacity erosion caused by the epidemic in key sectors and meet their development challenges for a brighter future.

Human Capacity Development - "No People No Programs" - Partnership for African Leadership for Health. Jim Griffin & Dennis Carroll, USAID-Global Health.

Capacity Building for Prosperity in Africa. Remarks by Kofi Appenteng, Chair. The Africa-America Institute. Sixth Biennial Leon H. Sullivan Summit, Abuja, Nigeria - July 16, 2003

USHEPiA: Building a Research Capacity Network in Africa. Martin West and Lesley Shackleton. University Of Cape Town

CAPACITY 2015 Africa. A global partnership mechanism assisting countries to develop the capacity of their professionals, institutions, and systems to formulate and implement strategies for sustainable development to achieve local, national and international development goals. It will work with developing and transitional countries to build and develop their capacity for sustainable development based on proven successes.

Factors In African Capacity Building For Using It To Promote Environmental Quality. University of Pennsylvania - African Studies Center



The World Bank - Lifelong Learning In The Global Knowledge Economy


Lifelong Learning in the Global Economy: Challenges for Developing Countries. May 2003


Knowledge Economies in the Middle East & North Africa
Edited by Jean Eric Aubert and Jean-Louis Reiffers. 2003

Education and Skills in Argentina- Assessing Argentina's Stock Human Capital. Lauritz Holm-Nielsen, Thomas Nikolaj Hansen. March 2003.


Lifelong Learning and the Knowledge Economy. Ruth Kagia. Working Paper. October 2002


Governing the Lifelong Learning System: Issues and Trends. Gwang-Jo Kim. PPT Presentation. October 2002


Knowledge Economy: Implications for Education and Learning. Carl Dahlman. PPT Presentation. October 2002


Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Africa - Distance Education and Information and Communication Technologies for Learning. Paud Murphy et al. Departmental Working Paper. March 2002



UN Economic Commission for Africa - Information Technology for Development

Africa and the Knowledge Society
ECA's Deputy Executive Secretary, Ms. Lalla Ben Barka was a key speaker at a High Level Panel on ICT and the knowledge-based economy, organized on the 60th Session of the Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Shanghai, China.

ECA's perspectives on the Digital Solidarity Agenda
The director of the Development Information Services Division (DISD) of the ECA, Ms. Karima Bounemra Ben Soltane, provided a concise appraisal of ECA’s vision and activities with respect to creating knowledge societies in Africa at the recent ITU Africa Telecom meeting that took place in Cairo, Egypt from 3-6 May 2004. Read full story.

ECA at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
10 - 12 December 2003, Geneva

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