Daily Archives: July 15, 2018

Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Convening Continues with 200 Rising Leaders

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, the Obama Foundation continued its Leaders: Africa gathering, a 5-day convening of 200 rising leaders from 44 countries representing the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The convening is part of a one-year leadership development and civic engagement programme designed to train, support, and connect emerging African leaders to create positive change in their communities. The convening includes plenary sessions, problem-solving workshops, leadership sessions, and skillbuilding trainings to increase the Leaders’ capacity to drive positive change in Africa. Leaders will also complete a group service project to honor Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth and to underscore the important relationship between leadership and service.

Video of the gathering’s first plenary session, “Ethical Leadership in Africa,” with speakers Mo Ibrahim and Uzodinma Iweala, is available on obama.org/africa. During the dialogue, Ibrahim offered advice on leadership and spoke about the responsibility of Africans to create a better future for the continent.

To ensure you receive daily updates about the gathering, please sign up here. Below is a schedule of upcoming events.

Monday, 16 July

  • Plenary Session: “Leadership in the Face of Adversity,” with speakers Graça Machel, Bogolo Kenewendo, Thulisile Madonsela, and Nozipho Mbanjwa.
  • Skillbuilding Workshops: Communicating for Impact: Building Effective Campaigns; Innovating in Government & Policy; Pitching for Investors; Goalkeepers: Accelerating Progress on the SDGs Fundraising; Fundamentals for NGOs; Leveraging Technology and Technological Tools; Scaling Your Organization; and Strategizing for Impact: Using Systems and Complexity Thinking for Tackling Big Challenges.
  • Plenary Session: “Future Trends and the Importance of Governance in Africa,” with speakers Fred Swaniker, Sangu Delle, Maryana Iskander, and Judy Sikuza.

Tuesday, 17 July

  • Plenary Session: “The Future of Africa: Elders Pass the Baton,” with speakers Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Patrick Gaspard.
  • IdeasFest Programme: This group ideas competition will mobilize Leaders to engage in design thinking so that they can begin to create concrete, implementable solutions to real-world social challenges.

Wednesday, 18 July

  • Panel: “Innovating for the Next Generation,” with speakers Aliko Dangote, Trevor Manuel, John Collison, and Eleni Giokos.
  • Town Hall with President Obama. Livestream available at obama.org/africa and on the Obama Foundation’s Facebook page.

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SA rolls up sleeves for Mandela Day

With only three days to go before the 2018 International Nelson Mandela Day, the country is readying itself for one of the biggest installations of the campaign to make the world a better place.

The United Nations declared 18 July International Nelson Mandela Day. Annually on this day, people across political divides in South Africa and other parts of the world devote 67 minutes doing charitable work and prompting global citizens to take action against poverty.

The 67 minutes signify the 67 years Madiba dedicated to the service of others.

On 18 July, former President Nelson Mandela, who died on 5 December 2013 at the age of 95, would have turned 100 years had he lived.

To mark the day, citizens across the globe are to donate 67 minutes of their time performing good deeds for those in need.

Already various organisations across the country have planned activates aimed at eradicating poverty and racism, while building a better country.

Government has also declared the day as a National Day of Service, which is an encouragement for all South Africans to go out in their numbers to follow in Tata’s footsteps to make a difference by donating time towards humanitarian efforts and disadvantaged communities to inspire a positive change that promotes the culture of ubuntu.

For his contribution to the National Day of Service, President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit Mvezo in the Eastern Cape.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation will on Tuesday, 17 July host the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at Wanderers Stadium in Illovo, Johannesburg. The lecture will be delivered by former US President Barack Obama under the theme ‘Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World’.

The annual lecture is a platform to drive debate on critical social issues in South Africa and around the world. It focuses on creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines, and resisting oppression and inequality.

Source: South African Government News Agency