Africa In Focus

Africa In Focus: "The mainstream thinking now is that Africa is different and we could get it right if we want. The choice is fully ours, and it is now time for us to define what we want."

African Development Bank (AFDB) President, Dr. Donald Kaberuka.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Africa Delegations Attend The EmPeace LABS 2012

Some young leaders from Africa will be attending the EmPeace LABS 2012 International Leadership Training Programme from 18th to 26th October, 2012 Jalgaon, India,  to join delegates from other countries to co-design and implement pilot projects that would leverage local natural and human resources in building sustainable communities.

The training programme which is organised by Arizona State University in partnership with Gandhi Research Foundation, Jain Irrigation Systems limited and the Center For Community Based Research (USA) has the theme “Empowerment for Peace through Leadership in Agribusiness and Sustainability; Eradicating Poverty in Rural Areas.”
Delegations attending the programme include National heads of UCP-SARnet in over 20 African countries and other leaders from the continent. They will be joining other young leaders from every continent of the world to work towards the achievements of the MDGs by 2015.

The team of Africa delegation would be led by Tsonam Cleanse Akpeloo, UCP-SARnet Regional Representative for Ghana, who is also the UCP-SARnet head for Africa. Akpeloo is also the winner of the prestigious young entrepreneur of the year award. He is expected to make a strong case for Africa while speaking on issues of using technology to promote sustainable development in areas of Agri-business, water resource management and entrepreneurship.

The workshop will explore the historical depth and current relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of peace through leadership. It would also provided assistance and mentoring in implementation of knowledge and skills acquired during the training, as well as in planning and organization of subsequent trainings at a local level.

Through the mutual exchange of ideas and professionally supported mentoring relationships with local and global researchers, innovators, and practitioners, the workshop will build a network of support for young community leaders to make a positive difference in their communities, a statement released by Cordie Aziz Member, Executive team University Community Partnership for Social Action Research Network (UCP-SARnet) said.

The EmPeace LABS 2012 workshop will provide the right impetus for the five-year project of Empowering for Peace through Leadership in Agribusiness and Sustainability Eradicating Poverty in Rural Communities, Dr. Bahavarlal H. Jain, Chairman of Jain Irrigation Systems’ Ltd., a major sponsor of this project.

The exercise is also expected to help young leaders contribute to the realization of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and ensuring a more peaceful and stable future.
Keynote speakers of the event include Dr. Bhavarlal H. Jain , Justice/Dr. Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari, Mdm. Nileema Mishra, Mr. Pape Samb.

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