What Leadership is Required for Africa to Achieve Development Results?

Moderated by Palena Neale

It is believed that leadership is a critical aspect in achieving transformative and sustainable development and accelerating growth which citizens desire. This is why leadership for results is re-examined.

Previous assessment done by AfriK4R broadly defines leadership for results as a process of influencing target groups to achieve expected results, and encompasses three sub-components:

  • Policy leadership – the level of engagement of political leaders as demonstrated through legal frameworks that support Results-Based Management (RBM), as well as their reliance and use of performance data,
  • Openness and transparency – the extent to which decisions are made in open and transparent ways and make provisions for the inclusion of non-state actors in decision-making processes, and
  • Change management – reforms for positive change at the national level are underway as demonstrated through the implementation of public sector reforms.

The purpose of this online discussion is to revisit this understanding of “leadership” in line with managing for development results in Africa. Please join us by responding to the following key questions:

  1. Is the current concept of leadership for results (policy leadership, openness and transparency, as well as change management) enough in achieving 2030 and 2063 Development Agendas?
  2. What are the core competencies required in an African leader? And how can these be developed?

4 thoughts on “What Leadership is Required for Africa to Achieve Development Results?

  1. 1. No, these are necessary but insufficient.
    2. Other core competencies needed in African leaders should be (a) respect for the rule of law and (b) public accountability. Both require systems to be created to enable them. Without such systems in place, leaders will not help achieve neither the 2030 SDGs nor Africa’s 2063 Agenda.

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