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Un millier de jeunes leaders africains se sont réunis à Washington pour collaborer sur le leadership et le renforcement des compétences

WASHINGTON, 8 août 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Un millier de jeunes leaders africains se sont réunis à Washington, D.C. la semaine dernière pour le Sommet 2017 du Mandela Washington Fellowship. Représentant 48 pays en Afrique sub-saharienne, le groupe diversifié de leaders s’est absorbé dans des activités pour renforcer leurs compétences en leadership et pour établir des liens entre eux et avec les leaders des États-Unis provenant des secteurs public, privé et sans but lucratif.

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Le Sommet, qui a eu lieu du 31 juillet au 2 août et qui a été organisé par le Bureau des affaires culturelles et éducatives du Département d’État des États-Unis avec le soutien de l’IREX, a marqué l’apogée des instituts d’études et de leadership d’une durée de six semaines pour les boursiers dans les collèges et universités à travers les États-Unis. Les boursiers rentrent maintenant chez eux pour appliquer les compétences qu’ils ont acquis et pour utiliser les réseaux qu’ils ont créés pour renforcer la paix et la sécurité, pour stimuler la croissance économique et pour renforcer les institutions démocratiques au profit de l’Afrique et des États-Unis.

Le boursier Mandela Washington Peo Pinkie Sebotho du Botswana a commenté sur la collaboration avec les autres boursiers. « Nous avons été ravis de partager nos expériences et nos rêves pour l’Afrique. J’ai fait des amis, j’ai fait des partenaires commerciaux. On planifiait ce que l’on ferait ensemble à l’avenir ».

Mark Taplin, à ce moment secrétaire d’État adjoint par intérim pour les affaires culturelles et éducatives, a déclaré : « je ne considère pas ceci juste comme un Sommet de boursiers Mandela Washington. C’est peut-être le plus grand rassemblement de toute l’année ici dans le D.C. des émergents, des leaders et des créateurs, des rêveurs et des faiseurs, des partageurs et des soucieux. Vous êtes l’avenir dans les affaires et l’esprit d’entreprise, de la société civile et de la gouvernance du continent le plus prometteur du monde ».

Wade Warren, à ce moment l’administrateur par intérim de l’Agence des États-Unis pour le développement international, s’est également adressé aux boursiers, les invitant à exploiter toute la puissance des réseaux que la bourse (Fellowship) a contribué à forger pour eux et à transformer les défis en opportunités.

Mercredi a mis en évidence les perspectives africaines et américaines sur le leadership avec des remarques de Tony Elumelu, président de Heirs Holdings et fondateur de la Fondation Tony Elumelu ; le Dr Helene Gayle, PDG de la McKinsey Social Initiative ; Norman Moyo, auteur et PDG de New Enterprise Business DPA & CUMII chez ECONET et le général (à la retraite) Richard Myers, président de l’université d’État du Kansas et 15e président du Comité des chefs d’état-major.

« J’ai étudié la raison pour laquelle les leaders ont du succès et j’ai observé un dénominateur commun : l’héritage. Donc, en tant que jeunes leaders, notre devoir à nous est de réfléchir à notre héritage. Notre devoir est de réfléchir à long terme. L’ère que vous créez est l’ère de l’autonomie et responsabilisation », a déclaré Elumelu.

Dans son allocution, le général Myers a souligné le courage et la prise de risque. « Si vous essayez de faire la différence, il faut persévérer. Il ne suffit pas d’avoir un leader héroïque pour faire la différence, il faut chacun d’entre nous », a exhorté Myers.

Mercredi a également présenté un forum congressionnel sur l’investissement dans la prochaine génération de l’Afrique avec le sénateur des États-Unis du Delaware Chris Coons, qui a discuté de la défense des intérêts, de l’esprit d’entreprise, de l’engagement citoyen, des droits de l’homme et des relations entre les États-Unis et l’Afrique.

Le président et PDG de l’IREX Kristin M. Lord fait remarquer que : « la Mandela Washington Fellowship crée un réseau de leaders qui font progresser la paix, la prospérité et une gouvernance plus efficace, qui est favorable non seulement au peuple du continent africain, mais forge des relations interpersonnelles et intergouvernementales qui bénéficient à la fois les États-Unis et l’Afrique ».

Photos et vidéos du sommet sont disponibles en ligne.

La  Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders  est un programme du gouvernement des États-Unis qui est soutenu dans sa mise en œuvre par l’ IREX .

Alex Cole, directeur des communications stratégiques, IREX
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One Thousand Young African Leaders Convene in Washington to Collaborate on Leadership and Skill Building

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — One thousand young African leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., last week for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit. Representing 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, the diverse group of leaders immersed themselves in activities to strengthen their leadership skills and to build connections with each other and U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

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Held July 31 – August 2 and hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with support from IREX, the Summit marked the culmination of the Fellows’ six-week Academic and Leadership Institutes at colleges and universities across the United States. Fellows now return home to apply the skills they have gained and utilize the networks they have created to enhance peace and security, spur economic growth, and strengthen democratic institutions to the benefit of Africa and the United States.

Mandela Washington Fellow Peo Pinkie Sebotho from Botswana commented on collaborating with other Fellows. “We were excited to share our experiences and our dreams for Africa. I made friends, I made business partners. We were planning what we would do together in the future.”

Mark Taplin, then Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, said: “I don’t think of this as just a Mandela Washington Fellows Summit. This may be the biggest gathering all year here in D.C. of the up-and-coming, the leading and creating, the dreaming and doing, the sharing and caring. You are the future in business and entrepreneurship, in civil society and governance of the world’s most up-and-coming continent.”

Wade Warren, then Acting Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, also addressed the Fellows, calling on them to use the full power of the networks the Fellowship has helped them forge, and to think of challenges as opportunities.

Wednesday highlighted U.S. and African perspectives on leadership with remarks from Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation; Dr. Helene Gayle, CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative; Norman Moyo, Author and CEO of New Enterprise Business DPA & CUMII at ECONET; and General (Retired) Richard Myers, President of Kansas State University and 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“I’ve studied why leaders are successful and I’ve seen a common thread: legacy. So as young leaders, you must think legacy. You must think long-term. The age you’re creating is the age of empowerment,” Elumelu declared.

In his address, General Myers emphasized courage and risk-taking. “If you’re trying to make a difference, you have to persevere. It takes more than a heroic leader to make a difference, it takes all of us,” urged Myers.

Wednesday also featured a Congressional forum on investing in the next generation of Africa with U.S. Senator from Delaware Chris Coons discussing advocacy, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, human rights, and U.S.-Africa relations.

IREX President and CEO Kristin M. Lord notes: “The Mandela Washington Fellowship creates a network of leaders advancing peace, prosperity, and more effective governance. That benefits not only people on the African continent, but forges people-to-people and government-to-government relationships that benefit both the United States and Africa.”

Photos and videos of the Summit are available online.

The  Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders  is a program of the U.S. government and is supported in its implementation by IREX.

Alex Cole, Director of Strategic Communications, IREX
acole@irex.org
202-628-8188

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YPO Global Pulse: Economic confidence across Africa rebounds slightly in second quarter

Economic sentiment in South Africa remains subdued

JOHANNESBURG, 8 August 2017 YPO, the premier chief executive leadership organisation in the world, reported today that confidence among business leaders in Africa improved marginally in the second quarter of 2017 (2Q 2017).

The YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index for Africa climbed 1.9 points to 56.3, its highest level for two years, although Africa remains the second-least confident region globally, trailing the Index’s global composite score of 62.0 by 5.7 points.

While the overall picture for Africa was one of a slight improvement in confidence, there were significantly different trends within the continent’s major economies.

South Africa, which has the highest weighting in the region, slipped 0.4 point to 54.7, its lowest level since July 2009. This came on the back of a sharp 5.1-point decline in the first quarter of this year. Having consistently scored in the mid- to high 60s between 2012 and 2014, South Africa’s outlook has steadily declined over the past two years, faced with the twin challenges of weak growth and high unemployment.

Conversely, Nigeria, the largest economy in the region, reported a 2.3-point increase in confidence, up from 54.6 to 56.9, its highest level since April 2014. This comes on the heels of a gradual recovery in global oil prices.

Elsewhere, Kenya soared an impressive 12.2 points to 63.4, its highest level for two years, and Zimbabwe moved into positive territory, increasing 10.5 points to 56.2, its highest level since July 2013.

“Although business leaders in these three countries seem to be reporting a significant improvement in confidence, the overall sentiment across Africa remains one of concern,” said YPO member Redda Ben Geloune, CEO of AITEK Group.

“Executives will be approaching decision making and risk with caution in the coming months, amid growing uncertainty about the direction of the regional economy and the stability of the wider global economy.”

Key findings in Africa

Sales and fixed investment forecasts improve, while hiring outlook worsens

It was a mixed picture in Africa when it came to the three key indicators of the YPO Global Pulse Index, which track sales, employment and fixed investment.

The YPO Sales Confidence Index for Africa jumped 3.7 points from 63.9 to 67.6, its highest level since July 2015. More than two-thirds (68%) of chief executives expected to increase turnover within their organisation in the next 12 months, up from 61% in the first quarter of 2017. Only 5% predicted a decline in revenues in the coming year, compared with 12% in the previous quarter.

However, the YPO Employment Confidence Index fell 1.5 points from 53.7 to 52.2, its lowest level since April 2016, suggesting that high unemployment will remain a major challenge for African economies over the next 12 months. Less than a quarter (22%) of business leaders expected to increase the size of their workforce in the coming year, down from 31% in the previous quarter’s study. The majority (70%) of respondents predicted that headcount would remain flat, while 8% expected to cut jobs.

The YPO Fixed Investment Confidence Index for Africa edged up 1.9 points to 59.2. More than a third of chief executives (39%) predicted an increase in fixed investment spending in the next year, versus only 3% that expected to cut investment levels.

Business leaders split on short-term economic climate

When asked to assess whether business and economic conditions would improve or worsen during the second half of the year, business leaders in Africa were split, with the same proportion (31%) predicting an improvement as those predicting a deterioration. The remaining 38% felt that conditions would remain relatively unchanged.

Global review

Globally, the YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index slipped 0.5 point to 62.0 over the second quarter, while executives in Australasia proved to be the most optimistic, and their confidence increased 3.6 points to 67.0.

In Asia, confidence declined 1.8 points to 61.5, reversing the gains made in the first quarter of the year. Confidence in the United States remained firmly in positive territory, with a slight decline of 1.6 points to 63.3; while Canada’s confidence rose 0.8 point to 62.9.

In the European Union (EU), confidence climbed 2.1 points to 63.0, its highest level in the eight-year history of the YPO study; while executives in non-EU Europe countries indicated a dramatic improvement, with confidence up 8.5 points to 60.3, largely due to a complete reversal in Swiss sentiment, which was the main detractor in the region last quarter.

Elsewhere, confidence in Latin America climbed 2.1 points to 59.2, its highest level since January 2014; while the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, confidence slid 4.5 points to 50.7, its lowest rating ever, making it the least confident region in the world.

YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index
The quarterly electronic survey, conducted in the first two weeks of July 2017, gathered answers from 1,161 YPO chief executive officers across the globe, including 74 in Africa. Visit www.ypo.org/globalpulse for more information about the survey methodology and to view the results from around the world.

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Minister Fikile Mbalula launches Action Indaba on Gender Based Violence and Protection of Vulnerable Groups, 11 Aug

Launch of action Indaba on gender based violence and protection of vulnerable groups

The Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula together with the Acting National Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba, will officially launch the Action Indaba on Gender Based Violence and Protection of Vulnerable Groups.

In the first of its kind for the South African Police Service, the Indaba seeks to bring various stakeholders, community leaders and the media under one roof to create opportunities for robust engagements in the fight against gender based violence. The two day dialogue session, will be held from the 17th to 18th August 2017 at the Tshwane Police Academy, Rebecca Street, Pretoria.

We looking forward to hosting various stakeholders who are committed to the fight against gender based violence, particularly during this critical time where we continue to see an on-going spate of women and child abuse cases reported. This Indaba is a great platform to share best practices and devise new strategies to reduce the scourge says Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula.

Source: Government of South Africa

SA celebrates women

The role women play in shaping and moving society forward will come to the fore at the National Women’s Day celebrations in Galeshewe, Kimberley.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver the keynote address tomorrow at the commemoration. The event will be held under the theme ‘The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward’.

Every August, South Africa commemorates Women’s Month as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of pass laws to women.

This year, on National Women’s Day we pay tribute to women’s contributions to the liberation struggle whilst also observing the centenary of struggle icon OR Tambo and his contributions to the struggle to end gender inequalities, said the Presidency.

During the Conference of Women in Luanda in 1981, the late Tambo said: The mobilisation of women is the task, not only of women alone, or of men alone, but of all of us, men and women alike, comrades in struggle.

The mobilisation of the people into active resistance and struggle for liberation demands the energies of women no less than of men.

President Zuma said this year’s Women’s Month also takes place against a backdrop of a poor performing global economy.

Women will be most affected by the economic decline and bear the brunt of its negative economic and social effects.

We are also faced with increased levels of violence and brutality against women and children in our society. Since the start of this year, a number of incidents of violence and abuse on women have made headlines.

He said Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on these challenges and for South Africans to together commit to finding lasting solutions.

The 2017 commemoration will build on the commitments made by the President regarding the economic emancipation of women, and its consequent effects on all other aspects of women’s livelihoods.

Government will also be continuing its on-going National Dialogues on Violence against Women in the Northern Cape, as a means to continue the national discourse on the root causes and possible remedies to end violence.

The dialogues are a platform for deepening democracy whilst ensuring safer and crime-free communities – especially for women and children.

Gender based violence victims can call the toll free number on 0800 428 428 (0800 GBV GBV) and will be able to speak to a social worker for assistance and counselling.

Callers can also request a social worker from the command centre to contact them by dialling *120*7867# (free) from a cell phone.

Source: South African Government News Agency