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About the African Leadership Centre

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) explores issues of peace, leadership, development and security. Together with our partners, we seek to inform and influence debate, teaching and learning, as well as policy discourses in both Africa and globally.

We run several master’s and highly competitive fellowship programmes, bringing in talent from across several continents. We hope and believe that our students go on to become the next generation of academics and decision-makers, committed to engendering peace and development in society. To this end, we have trained over 100 African scholars since 2005 for both academic and policy-oriented careers.

Over the years, we have also attracted some of the most influential African and global thought leaders, diplomats, military personnel, politicians and civil society leaders to lecture and interact with our students.

We have a semi-autonomous research and training sister centre in Nairobi, Kenya. We work closely with that team to deliver joint teaching and research programmes. The ALC Nairobi also have their own distinct roles, purposes and programmes.

Our commitments

We place great value on effective leadership. Although not exclusively African in our research coverage or student intake, we are nevertheless committed to developing future generations of African leaders.

We train and mentor young people with the potential to lead and enable innovative change in their communities and regions. In turn, we are building the capacity of the communities, institutions and organisations in which they live and work.

Our programmes teach specific leadership and transformational skills. By acting as a forum for transformative discourse on peace, security and development in Africa, we engage our students and researchers in the practical analysis of approaches to security and development.

Creating the next generation of African leaders

Find out more about how the African Leadership Centre is working in Nigeria to develop the next generation of African leaders to inspire them to make positive change in the future.

Our history

The ALC grew out of a programme with the Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG) in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King's College London. Then in 2005, the Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women was introduced as an initial step in mentoring and knowledge building for Africans.

In 2007, the CSDG worked with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to develop a second fellowship (and mentoring) programme designed to support African regional organisations, specifically for young African men and women who received MA degrees from King’s. These fellows were subsequently attached to regional organisations.

A third programme, also degree-awarding, was established in 2009, which aims to develop capacity within African Universities.

Two students at the Inaugural Lecture of Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin

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Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study

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PhD research

Learn about our Leadership Studies with reference to Security & Development PhD.

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