It is named for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is the patron of AFLI. It welcomes an elite group of Africa’s highest potential young leaders, targeting the cream of Africa’s future leaders, who are deemed to bring about massive change throughout the continent.
The AFLI is unique among leadership initiatives because it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across Africa. The Tutu Fellowship offers a multifaceted learning experience and is run in partnership with Oxford University. It is awarded annually to 20-25 candidates who are thoroughly vetted, nominated from across Africa. The 2018 candidates were selected from countries including Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Rwanda, Egypt.
The programme is offered on a part-time basis over six months. It provides participants with an intensive learning and broadening experience on the principles and application of leadership, and an opportunity to explore the issues and specific characteristics of leadership in Africa, as well as the global challenges and dimensions of an African leader.
Between modules, participants undertake Group Projects whose objective is to develop solutions for some of the challenges that Africa is facing. Candidates are also required to develop their own individual projects (in consultation with their mentors) and submit these in a year-end dissertation for peer review.