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Safe and Inclusive Cities – SAIC - Exchange | 29th – 31st May 2017

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the African Leadership Centre (ALC), will jointly be hosting the Safe and Inclusive Cities Exchange to be held at the Raddison Blue Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st May 2017.

The Safe and Inclusive Cities Exchange brings together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to share research findings from the Safe and Inclusive Cities Initiative [] on the links between urban violence, poverty, and inequalities, and discuss what works to make cities safer. SAICx17 is an opportunity for stakeholders working on urban safety and inclusion to exchange knowledge and debate the challenges and opportunities presented by urbanization. The Safe and Inclusive Cities Initiative is a jointly-funded program of the UK’s Department for International Development and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.

The conference aims to:

Showcase research results from the Safe and inclusive cities initiative []Engage policymakers and practitioners on what works – and what doesn’t - in making spaces safer Connect participants as part of a global network of urban safety experts      

Get all the latest news from the conference by following the conversation on Twitter. Follow @SAICx17 []

Participants will be able to join in globally and access the discussions via a live webcast For more information visit the SAIC Exchange Website

ALC Fellows 2016-2017 visit UK Parliament. 

The current 2016/17 cohort of ALC Fellows visited the UK parliament on 1st March 2017, as part of their ongoing training on the Fellowship programme.
The aim of the visit was to enable the Fellows to explore parliamentary practice and procedure in the context of Westminster; to explore the role of an MP in addressing issues that relate to the Fellows’ area of study; and to enable an informative exchange with relevant stakeholders within Parliament.

Along with touring Parliament and learning about procedures and practices, the Fellows observed Prime Minister's Question time from the viewing gallery; had a working lunch with delegates from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Africa; and met with the the Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Liz McInnes MP.



Professor Funmi Olonisakin appointed as interim Vice President/Vice-Principal (International) King's College London

We are delighted to inform you that Professor Funmi Olonisakin will be our interim Vice President/Vice-Principal (International).

Funmi is Professor of Security, Leadership & Development at King’s and is also currently Vice Dean (International) in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy. She is the founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), and Programme Director of the ALC King’s College London MSc programmes on Security, Leadership and Society and MSc Leadership and Development.
In January 2015, Professor Olonisakin was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, as one of seven members of the Advisory Group of Experts (AGE) on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture.

Funmi will take up her new position on Monday 3 April, when Dr Joanna Newman, our current Vice President/Vice-Principal (International), leaves her post.



This is to invite all in the ALC family to congratulate Jimam Lar on the completion of his doctoral studies.

Jimam, who is also a member of ALC Alumni Association and serves on its Executive Committee, successfully defended his PhD thesis on 17th November 2015.

The thesis which is titled Vigilantism, State, and Society in Plateau State Nigeria: A History of Plural Policing (1950 to the Present) was awarded Magna Cum Laude –  (Merit with high honours), and Summa Cum Laude, (Distinction) for the viva.

During his PhD studies, Jimam Lar was a Junior Fellow at the prestigious Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) of the University of Bayreuth. The African Leadership Centre celebrates Jimam’s momentous achievement and we wish him well in his future endeavours. We obviously look forward to reading the book that will come out of this thesis.



ALC's Ebenezer Asiedu appointed as Head of ECOWAS Division for Mediation and Faciliatation

Ebenezer Asiedu, Alumnus of the African Leadership Centre, has been appointed by ECOWAS as Head of Division, Principal Program Officer, Mediation Facilitation. He will lead the implementation of the ECOWAS Vision for the Mediation Facilitation Division; and oversee the Mediation Facilitation Division in line with the provisions of ECOWAS extant Protocols and Decisions, in particular, the 1999 Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Peacekeeping and Regional Security, the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the 2008 ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework. He will design, develop and lead the implementation of strategies aimed at supporting the coordination and monitoring of mediation efforts by ECOWAS Institutions and Organs, by Member States and non-state actors and by joint initiatives.

The whole of the ALC family is immensely proud of Ebenezer's achievement and new position. We wish him good luck in the role and know he will be a great success.

ALC is pleased to announce the start of its new PhD Programme at Kings College London, titled PhD Leadership Studies with Reference to Security and Development

We welcome two new PhD candidates on to this programme at Kings, Natalie Herald and Toju Ogbe. They will join Ife Okafor and Barney Walsh, who will transfer on to the ALC programme as they previously fell under the International Development Institute. 

This is an important development at the ALC. We have sought to create a PhD Programme that examines the role of leadership at the intersection of security and development. There are also exciting on-going discussions with University of Nairobi and University of Pretoria so as to eventually create the option of a Joint PhD between the institutions.


ALC Alumnus wins Runner Up Policy Idol 2015

ALC Alumnus and current PhD student, Ifesinachi (Ife) Okafor presented her policy idea - 'Fighting cutting and stitching in the girl child, by attacking the myths' - in front of judges and live audience as part of Kings College 'Policy Idol' competition that took place on 18th March 2015.

The Policy Institute at King's has launched an exciting new policy pitching competition. Policy Idol is a great opportunity for you to pitch your policy ideas to an elite panel of leading figures from the worlds of policy, academia and industry.

You can enter the competition by yourself or form teams with friends and colleagues. On the day, you will have three minutes to present your ideas to the judges, who will assess your pitch on both style (advocacy) and substance (analysis). 

Ife did extremely well with some current Fellows in attendance, and won Runner up as the Policy Idea with Substance. 


New Radio Station Offers Challenging Perspectives on African Issues

A new web-based radio station that aims to help shape the agenda on issues connected with leadership, peace and security in Africa is to be launched in Nairobi on June 24th.  ALC Radio will be an independent medium of analysis of African issues that is publicly available to all via the internet.  

The station has been developed by the African Leadership Centre (ALC), which was created through collaboration between two globally distinguished universities, the University of Nairobi and King’s College London, and will provide a forum to influence debate and policy development on the continent. Independent of governments or commercial interests, the analysis of issues it will offer will uniquely be informed by research at these two universities and will draw on expert opinion from around the world.  

The ALC gains two professors

It is with great pleasure that we announce that ALC founder Oluwafunmilayo Olonisakin and ALC Trustee Charles Abiodun Alao, were conferred their Professorships.

Professors Olonisakin and Alao received their promotions last week, via official communication from the Principal of King’s College London. We at the ALC are happy to celebrate this logical and long overdue outcome. Anyone who has interacted with, has been mentored by or in any way knows the intellectual and policy contributions of Professors Olonisakin and Alao, also knows that they merit this promotion and deserve their moment in the limelight. We join their friends, colleagues, students and mentees in celebrating this achievement, and in celebrating our new professors. 


Academics and policy actors discuss peacebuilding in Africa at the Wilton Park.

The African Leadership Centre in collaboration with Social Science Research Council, held a conference at Wilton Park from 23rd to 25th February 2015. Bringing together over 40 academics and policy practitioners from around the world, the conference focused on peacebuilding in Africa. It aimed, among other things, to examine the evolving challenges in the field, responses and what new thinking is emanating from the terrain. There were participants from core institutions operating in the peacebuilding terrain in Africa, including academics from universities and research centres to policy practitioners from the African Union, East African Community and the UN. The discussion was rich, touching on conceptual questions around definition of peacebuilding to empirical ones around the transformations in the terrain and how they are challenging old approaches to peacebuilding. The conference discussed innovations in African peacebuilding and alternative perspectives evident in peacebuilding interventions in Africa.



Abratha Doe: Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, Liberia

We have the great pleasure to announce that Ms. Abratha P. Doe, an ALC Alumna in the 2008-2009 African Women Peace and Security Fellowship Programme, was recently appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and confirmed by the Senate as the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia. In her new capacity, Ms. Doe will be the Political Officer and Liberia’s Representative to the ECOWAS Technical Committee of Experts on Peace and Security. She will also be responsible to work with the President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Liberia’s foreign policy and will be in charge of Liberia's Foreign Missions around the world. Ms. Doe has previously served as the National Programme Coordinator for the Women, Peace and Security (UN SCR 1325) National Secretariat at the Ministry of Gender and Development as well as the Ministry’s Focal Person for Gender and Security Sector Reform in Liberia. Until her appointment to the current position, she was the Coordinator of the Gender Section at the National Elections Commission, Republic of Liberia.



ALC founder Professor Funmi Olonisakin appointed to the advisory group of experts for the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture

Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin, the founding Director and Board Member of the African Leadership centre, has been nominated by the UN Secretary General as a Member of the Advisory Group of Experts on the review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. The announcement, which was made on 22nd January 2015, follows a process of initial nomination by the UN Secretariat, which ended with a Committee of the General Assembly and UN Security Council approving the Terms of Reference for the Review as well as a Panel of seven experts from around the world that included Professor Olonisakin. The Group is tasked with undertaking country case studies in Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Timor-Leste, conducting a policy and institutional review of the Peacebuilding architecture and develop findings and recommendations based on this work.

Dr. Eka Ikpe on BBC World News, discussing the 2014 Boko Haram kidnappings of over 200 school girls, May 2014.

Dr. 'Funmi Olonisakin on BBC Focus on Africa, discussing why radical changes are needed to government strategy across the continent, December 2013.

Prof. Ademola Abass on Aljazeera, Inside Story; Nigeria kidnap: Harming the nation's image?The abduction of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram overshadows World Economic Forum, May 2014


Looking back into the future: Civil Rights and Pan-Africanism in a “marginalised” world

Current ALC Fellow Kafui Tsekpo has a blog article published in the Kings College War Studies blog/journal, 'Strife'.

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'Believing in the Strength of a Woman: Can Central African Republic (CAR) finally be saved?


Current ALC Women's Fellow Patricia Nangiro has a blog article published in the Kings College War Studies blog/journal, 'Strife'. 


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Working Paper on Implementation of Resolution 1325 in Kenya:Dilemmas and Challenges

                                    by ALC Alumnus Njoki Wamae


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Call for Applications: Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women

The African Leadership Centre Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women (2014-2015) is now open.

For more details on the programme  kindly check the following link: More Details and on how to apply.





Call for Applications: Peace, Security and Development Fellowship for African Scholars




The African Leadership Centre Peace, Security and Development Fellowship for African Scholars (2014-2015) is now open.

For more details on the programme and how to apply; kindly check the following link: More Details...

PSD Fellowship Programme Announcement 2014 Competition Download PDF


Damul Jadiid: The Much Ignored Culprit in the Somali Crisis. 

                                 By Prof. Medhane Tadesse

Professor Medhane Tadesse, a Trustee of the African Leadership Centre and editor of The Current Analyst news blog, gives a fresh analysis of the crisis in Somalia.

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ALC Trustee Zeedah Zeedah Meierhofer-Mangeli's book:

'Terra Incognita? Der Treffpunkt Schwarzer Frauen, in Zürich' [Unrecognised Territory? The Resource Centre for Black Women in Zurich], Limmat Verlag, 2013, has been launched in Switzerland.

The book documents the work of activists, examines the history of Black Women in Switzerland while recording the contribution of the Resource Centre for Black Women to diversity and integration in Switzerland. Thematic articles, portraits and interviews paint a multi-faceted picture of these lives and contributions. The book is co-edited by Shelley Berlowitz and Elisabeth Joris.


A Tribute to Nelson Mandela, from the African Leadership Centre

On behalf of the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi and London, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela, the people of South Africa and all comrades in and outside Africa for whom the passing on of Nelson Mandela represents a loss of unimaginable proportions. His death robs us of a living icon whose life instilled a sense of hope and exemplified all that could be good in our humanity. Mandela lived his life fully without frowning over our normal human weaknesses and frailties or exaggerating our human capacity to rise above fear, inequality, exploitation, marginalisation, and racism. He marshalled the capacity to lead others to raise everyone else above most forms of injustice but was also able to learn from others, including children, the youth and women. The march forward in human struggles was stronger precisely because he, as a leader, benefitted from followers, and knew when to listen to those whose wisdom would make him a more effective leader.

Mandela’s very presence amongst us therefore represented a beacon of hope in an increasingly hopeless world, a spirit of sanity in a world where insanity seemed to overwhelm. He represented a milestone in a long and tortuous journey in the struggle for freedom and social justice. In the process, he gave to the struggle many things including 27 years of his life. But for the African Leadership Centre, the one lasting lesson that Mandela embodied was illuminating the darkness that has coloured Africa’s story of leadership and governance. This was especially the case with South Africa’s transition.

Having been incarcerated from 1962-1990, Nelson Mandela lead the anti-apartheid struggle inside and outside prison. He was overwhelmingly elected President in 1994 but decided to serve only one term. In the meantime, he groomed those who would take over from him in a way not too many of his contemporary African presidents ever did. He was a man at ease with power and he seemed always to struggle with the encumbrances of state power. As President, he dutifully appeared in court in deference to judicial power.In court, he explained even intimate aspects of his life with the hope that others could learn from it. He bowed out of power in 1999 after he served his term. One can presume that his glittering face when Thabo Mbeki gave the now famous ‘I am an African’ speech seemed to communicate his satisfaction.

As the world condoles the passing on of Nelson Mandela, we at the Centre will seek to study his lessons, communicate his message to the young and celebrate the fact that he really lives among us always.

Godwin Murunga, PhD

Acting Executive Director, African Leadership Centre.

Following the ALC Leadership Training workshop in Lusaka:

How to train African Leaders from ALC Dr. Godwin Murunga

The news was also posted in the Daily Nation.

Recently from ALC Alumnus Akinola Olojo:

Nigeria's Troubled North: Interrogating the Drivers of Public Support for Boko Haram 

This is a piece on the very topical debates around violent extremism with a focus on Nigeria; there is also mention of the ALC as part of the solution.

Recently from ALC Dr. Godwin Murunga

Opinion pieces in the Daily Nation:

Westgate Mall siege: Let’s learn our lessons on security once and for all

If Jubilee has a plan for Kenya, then it’s lost in fight to beat ICC demons.

A commentary in Business Day Live on Hague trial keeps Kenyans mesmerised.

Following the challenging events at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, ALC scholars (staff and mentors) have contributed to a few articles on the matter. Please see below recent pieces by Dr. Awino Okech, Dr. Funmi Olonisakin and Dr. Godwin Murunga

Dr. Godwin Murunga for CNN News on What does the Nairobi mall attack mean for Kenyan security?

Dr. Murunga and Dr. Olonisakin for the Ghana News Agency on Security in the aftermath of the Westgate attack.

Dr. Awino Okech in Kujenga Amani on The Westgate Mall Siege: Reassessing Kenya’s Security Architecture

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, the Vice-Principal Strategy and Development at King’s College London visited Nairobi from 6 - 12 September 2013. He held a number of meetings while in Nairobi including a session at the African Leadership Centre (ALC) with staff where he gave a public lecture on Strategy: the Art of Power delivered on 12 September. See Full Article.

ALC ALumni feature in 'Young Ghanaians living Nkrumah’s dream' by ALC Mentor Desmond Davies.

How promising are negotiations with Boko Haram in Nigeria? Alumnus Akinola Olojo explores the options in a commentary for The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism-The Hague:

Mediation, Bounties and Amnesty for Boko Haram: A Deadlock of Priorities 

The ALC Director Dr. Funmi Olonisakin recently wrote an opinion piece for CNN News on Nigeria and Boko Haram: 

Nigeria must win battle for youth to beat Boko Haram

Dr. Eka Ikpe recently gave an exciting talk on Rice, Industrialisation and Nigeria at the King's Festival of Food and Ideas: Feed your Mind.

The talk considered the immense significance of this most simple of grains in Africa. It focused on the case study of the rice economy in Nigeria and explored the impact of this on labour, domestic industrial outputs and processes, and, last but not least, domestic food supply.

The ALC Director Dr. Funmi Olonisakin recently took part in a International Business Times news piece on the current situation in Mali: 

The Islamists vs The West - Mali and The New African Battleground. 

The ALC is pleased to share that ALC alumna, Saramba Kandeh has been admitted to the LLM programme in International Human Rights Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School in Indiana, U.S.A. with full scholarship.

Saramba was also made Supervisor of the Human Rights Clinic at Fourah Bay College.

Many congratulations!

The ALC is pleased to share that ALC alumna, Nox Ntuli began her new role as a Senior Mediator with Cheadle Thompson and Haysom Inc in Johannesburg. 

In this role, Nox is currently working with the Department of Rural Development and Land to help with the resolution of land disputes which includes issues such as: eviction of farmworkers, land claims, land restitution and communal land use. As you know these are very topical matters given the recent news from South Africa. Since Nox joined the ALC as a Fellow, she has remained adamant about her interest in the field of mediation and the significance it has to addressing peace, security and development issues in Africa.

We are very pleased to see her pursue this goal with such commitment. We wish her very success with this important work.

The ALC is pleased to share that ALC alumna, Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo has succeeded in obtaining the support of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea for the establishment of an independent body that will investigate cases of sexual violence on campus as well develop strategies to prevent their occurrence. 

This is the result of Zoneziwoh's tenacity and commitment to addressing gender-based sexual harassment and violence. 

Very well done and many congratulations.

The ALC is pleased to share that ALC alumnus, Moses Tofa, has produced the following publications:

  • “Dissecting the Legality of Humanitarian Intervention Under International Law”. In A38 Journal of International Law. Volume 1 Edition 2. July 2012.PP 1-26.
  • “The Trajectory of Iniquitous Dictatorship in Zimbabwe: Implications for Democratization in Southern Africa and Beyond”. In Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa: Five Decades of Misrule. Edited by Maurice. N. Amutabi and Shadrack Nasong’o. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), London. 2013. PP 80-97

Many congratulations!

The ALC is pleased to share that ALC alumnus, Akin Olojo, has been awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship on the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) Visiting Fellows Programme.

The Fellowship will be in Spring-Summer 2013 and will be based at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, The Hague. Akin’s research project with the ICCT interrogates the drivers of public support for Nigeria’s Boko Haram and its particular mobilization strategies. The research draws on field data currently being obtained from affected states in northern Nigeria. Akin has also produced ALC publications on these issues that are soon to be available on the ALC website.

Many congratulations!

The ALC is pleased to share that ALC alumna, Nyaradzo Machingambi, has been awarded a PhD in Social Sciences with a full postgraduate studentship at Lingnan University in Hong

Many congratulations!

The ALC is pleased to share that ALC Fellow, John-Paul Banchani, has been awarded a PhD scholarship at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS) in the University of Bamberg, Germany that will be funded by the German Excellence Initiative.

John-Paul’s proposed topic is ‘Strengthening Democracy and Governance Institution in Africa under the African Peer Review Mechanism: The Dynamics, lessons and Dilemmas of Ghana and Kenya's Peer Review Process. The research considers gaps in policy discourse at the continental level and implementation at individual country level with regard to the ways that governance institutions contribute to consolidating democracy. The research aims to conceptualize a theory that explains a consolidated democracy in Africa beyond an electoral turn-over. 

Many congratulations!

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) invites you to the ALC Africa Debates:  

Of Coups and Revolutions: The Changing Tides of Leadership, Governance and Security in Africa


Welcome Remarks: 10:30

Simulation seminar 1: 11:00-12:00

Reversing the tide of political democratization and peace in West Africa? The case of Mali

Simulation seminar 2: 12:00 – 13:00

Post-Arab Spring Egypt: What happened to the ‘people’s revolution’?

A light lunch will be served.

                                                Venue and date:

The River Room, King’s College London, Strand Campus (Entry is through the main entrance)

                                                 21st February 2013

                                                  10:30 hrs–14:00 hrs

Spaces are limited so kindly confirm attendance with Nayanka Perdigao,

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) cordially invites you to the book launch of:

                      Mugabe and the Politics of Security in Zimbabwe 


                                                         Abiodun Alao

                  African Leadership Centre/ International Development Institute

                                                       Venue and date:

                       War Studies meeting room (K6.07 on the 6th floor)

                                              Tuesday 19th February 2013

                                                          17.30- 18:30

Please confirm attendance with:

The African Leadership Centre and the Royal African Society invite you to a panel discussion on: Rising radicalism in the Sahel: Mali & Regional Destabilisation

Speaker: Mr Ali Soufan, (CEO of The Soufan Group LLC, former FBI Supervisory Special Agent)

Respondent: Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin (Director, African Leadership Centre)

Chair: Professor Jack Spence OBE

                                                   Date & Time: 

                         Wednesday, 6th February 2013, 5:30-7PM


             Room 3B20, Strand Campus, King’s College, London WC2R 2L

RSVP/additional information please contact:

RSVP to:  or

The ALC congratulates ALC alumna, Myriam Wedraogo, who is now Head of the Peace and Security component of the GIZ Support to the ECOWAS Commission.

Myriam has been forthright in placing her time on the ALC Fellowship Programme as a key factor in her progress and had this to say:

'I am proud of the African Leadership Centre (ALC) whose dream of grooming young African leaders in the peace and security sector is concretising year after year. In the two years since my participation in the Fellowship Programme for African Women, I was hired as a short term consultant, moved to the position of Junior Adviser for Peace and Security and now hold the key role of Adviser, Head of the Peace and Security Component of the GIZ Support Programme to the ECOWAS Commission. I believe this is the result of the ALC training geared towards providing critical and holistic analyses of issues facing Africa; adherence to the organisation’s core values of integrity and independent thinking; and commitment to making human security a priority in national and regional governance agendas across the continent.

My new role entails the provision of advisory services to partners of the ECOWAS Department for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) with the overall aim of supporting ECOWAS to implement strategies based on a holistic approach to the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts. Contributing to the regional organisation’s leadership in ensuring West Africa is a safe and economically-thriving region is a huge responsibility which I am determined to take within the realm of possibility. It is all about transformational leadership that influences big, but also small, processes that make a difference in the lives of ordinary Africans at large and West Africans in particular'.

We are very proud of Myriam and wish her every success in her new role.

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) cordially invites you to its Leadership issues in Africa seminar series:

Going Beyond Pulpit and Negotiation table: Religious leaders in long term peace-building and Community Development in Post-Conflict Uganda and South Sudan

Speaker: David Mwambari, Visiting Research Associate, ALC

Discussant: Nayanka Perdigao, ALC

Chair: Dr. Funmi Olonisakin, ALC

Venue and date: 6th of December 2012 (16:00 hrs–18:00 hrs)

-2 Floor Conference room, Strand Bridge House, 138-142 Strand, London WC2R 1HH

All welcome!

Round table discussion at Chatham House

Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin, Director, ALC will be chairing a round table discussion on 'Kenya and Uganda: Countering Terrorism with Human Rights Abuses?'at Chatham House on 27 November 2012. For more info.

We are very pleased to share a recent UK Guardian interview with ALC Alumnus, Alfred Muteru Ndumo. Muteru was part of the Restless Development Delegation at the 2012 Ibrahim Forum.  Please read here.

African Security Sector Network Newsletter

We are pleased to share this special first anniversary edition of the African Security Sector Network Newsletter. It is guest edited by the ALC's Dr Eka Ikpe and features a host of ALC alumni that were profiled as the next generation of African Security thinkers and practitioners.

Read More.

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) in collaboration with Department of War Studies invite you to an:

Honorary Lecture by Chief of Defence Staff, Nigeria: Admiral O.S. Ibrahim on Shaping the Armed Forces of Nigeria to effectively tackle emerging security challenges

Chaired by Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice-Principal, King’s College London


SW1.09, Somerset House East Wing, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS (Directions available at Strand’s reception)

Date: 21st November 2012

Time: 18.00–20.00

Please confirm attendance as space are limited with Nayanka Perdigao,, ALC, London WC2R 2LS, Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1984


Following the success of the ALC Public Seminar: Leadership, Governance and Africa's leading powers: current developments in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa, last week,  the event was reported on the King’s Worldwide news pages.

ALC Public Seminar: Leadership, Governance and Africa's leading powers: current developments in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) cordially invites you to its Public Seminar this Tuesday 30th of October 2012, 5.30-7.30 PM


Dr. Medhane Tadesse (Africa Security Sector Network & Senior Security Sector Reform Adviser to the African Union): Ethiopia after Meles 

Dr. Christopher Alden (Co-Head of the Africa International Affairs programme at LSE IDEAS.): Leadership and the changing socio-political context in South Africa.

Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin (director, African Leadership Centre, King’s College London): Nigeria’s security fall-outs and complicity of the elites 

Chair: Professor James Gow (Professor of International Peace and Security, and Director of the International Peace and Security Programme)

The seminar will take place in Room K.6.63 King’s Building (From reception, go straight ahead past the Great Hall take the  lifts to level 6, turn right out of the lifts and follow the corridor along and K6.63 is on your right),  Strand Campus, King’s College

All welcome! please RSVP at

Meles Zenawi and the Ethiopian state: Understanding the late prime minister and his dream for the nation. 

We are pleased to share the very insightful piece on Ethiopia and the late President Meles Zenawi by ALC Trustee, Dr Medhane Tadesse.

It is published by Pambazuka News and is available here.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Foreign Affairs in collaboration with King’s College London’s Conflict, Security and Development Group and African Leadership Centre invite you to a discussion on

                                             Youth and Radicalisation

Venue: Monday 29 October 2012, 5.30pm to 6.30pmCommittee Room 1, Houses of Parliament.

Speakers: Dr Funmi Olonisakin, Director KCL’s Conflict, Security and Development Group & African Leadership Centre;and, Professor Medhane Tadesse, Africa Security Sector Network & Senior Security Sector Reform Adviser to the African Union

Please RSVP:

For more info.

History in Security and Security in History at the Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University

Dr Abiodun Charles Alao will deliver a keynote address titled History in Security and Security in History at the Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and the Network of Nigerian Historians (NNH)  international conference on “Nigeria and Security Challenges” as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (1962-2012).

Congratulations to ALC Trustee and Faculty member Dr Abiodun Charles Alao on his new book:  Mugabe and the Politics of Security in Zimbabwe published with McGill University Press.

Please see this link for more information.

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) cordially invites you to its Leadership issues in Africa seminar series:

Elites and leadership in Africa: Is it enough to be African?

Speaker: Dr. Eka Ikpe, ALC

Discussant: David Mwambari, Visiting Research Associate, ALC

Chair: Dr. Abiodun Alao, ALC

Venue and date: 18th of October 2012 (14:00 hrs–16:00 hrs)

-1 Floor Conference room, Strand Bridge House, 138-142 Strand, London WC2R 1HH

All welcome!

Mau Mau veterans win landmark bid to sue the British government 

Mau Mau veterans have won a landmark bid to sue the British government over atrocities allegedly committed by the latter during anti-colonial uprisings in the 1950s. ALC Trustee, Muthoni Wanyeki, was key to the Mau Mau veterans' fight for justice against the British government in her capacity as (former) Executive Director of the Kenyan Human Rights Commission. ALC alumna, Njoki Wamai, also provided support to Muthoni Wanyeki and the veterans during their visit to London in 2011 for the first judgement in the case. 

For more information.

ALC Fellows awarded research grant from the African Peacebuilding Network (APN), Social Science Research Council 

The ALC Fellows (2011-2012): Charles Awici Churchill and Robert Turyamureeba, have been awarded a research grant from the Social Science Research Council's  African Peacebuilding Network (APN) to carry out a research project titled —Land in DDR Programmes: An Analysis of the Role of Land in Reintegration of Ex-combatants in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. This falls under the ALC research theme on Leadership and Peacebuilding in Africa. This is an excellent achievement and the ALC is very proud of Charles and Robert and wishes them every success with this research project.

Engaging Boko Haram: Militarization, Mediation, or Both? 

One of our Peace and Security Fellows, Akinola Olojo, wrote a very thoughtful analysis that was published today on the Global Observatory.

To read this article please follow on here.

New ALC Fellows Arrive in London

Six new study fellows have arrived in London to take part in the 2012/2013 Fellowships for African Scholars and Women's Peace and Security Fellowship programmes, funded by the Carnegie Foundation New York and the Open Society Institute New York. This year's African Scholars fellows hail from Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya; The Women's Peace and Security fellows hail from Sudan and Madagascar.

New MA Modules at the ALC

The African Leadership Centre is now offering four new MA modules which can be taken as optional modules with MA programmes in the following Departments and Institutes: Department of Geography; Department of Political Economy (MA Public Policy); Department of War Studies (MA Conflict Security and Development); and The India Institute.

Please go to theMA Modules section of our page.

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) invites you to the ALC Africa Debates.

The simulation seminars will cover the work of the International Criminal Court on Africa; and the security situation in Kenya and Nigeria, specifically looking at the impact of violent extremist groups like Boko Haram and Al Shabab. 

The debates are an excellent tool to help us understand the problems that our continent faces from all perspectives: those that we are comfortable with and even those that we are less comfortable with. The event will also give us a glimpse at the wonderful work being done by the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London and the University of Nairobi on preparing young Africans for their leadership roles today. 

So please come and join the debate!

Venue & Date:

Panafric Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

27th June 2012


For more details please follow this link.

                                          EVENT CANCELLED

Dear all,

It is with great regret that we have to CANCEL the scheduled event: Charles Taylor Verdict: An end to Impunity or Justice a la Carte?  

We have just been informed that Courtenay Griffiths is forced to pull out of the event  because he has been called away at the last minute. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. 

The African Leadership Centre and the Royal African Society cordially invite you to a discussion on:

Charles Taylor Verdict: An end to Impunity or Justice a la Carte?

A panel discussion with: Courtenay Griffiths Q.C.(lead defence lawyer for Mr Taylor),Colin M. Waugh(author, ‘Charles Taylor and Liberia’) andSourie Turay(Lawyer). The Panel discussion will be chaired byDr 'Funmi Olonisakin(director, African Leadership Centre).

Thursday 7th of June 2012, 6-8PM
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre: King’s Building (From reception, go straight ahead down the corridor, past the Great Hall, the Edmond J Safra is on the left), Strand Campus, King’s College.


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