The African Leadership Centre (ALC) is a global community of scholars, based at King’s College London and the University of Nairobi, whose research on peace, leadership and security issues aims to inform and influence policy change both in Africa and at a global level. The ALC is both an academic unit here at King’s College London; and also a semi-autonomous research and training centre based in Nairobi, Kenya. The London and Nairobi teams work in close collaboration with each other on a great number of activities and are inherently inter-linked, but also have distinct roles, purposes and programmes.
The ALC runs ground-breaking Master's programmes and a highly competitive Fellowship programme that allows those involved to work and study on several continents. Over the years the ALC has attracted some of the most influential African thought leaders, diplomats, military personnel, politicians and civil society leaders to speak at lectures and debates with its students in London and Nairobi. Its innovative approaches to debating major security and development issues - through the web-based ALC Radio, for instance, or through its bi-annual Africa debates - has attracted considerable praise.