These projects mark the beginning of each Fellow’s commitment to action and their impact on their communities and the East African region in general. This action and impact are the defining characteristics of an ALI-EA Fellow.
We provide a platform for proven, high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from various economic sectors to pause, reflect, and refine how they lead. Using the Aspen Institute’s time-tested, reading based, expert-moderated seminar model, we challenge leaders to stretch and do more for their communities.
Through their individual projects, ALI EA Fellows are using their passions, skills, and resources in new and creative ways to solve Africa’s most pressing problems. With the ventures launched, Fellows have used their platforms to provide access to African markets for small traders, simplify access to telco infrastructure, improve access to education and much more.
We are building a global network. ALI EA Fellows join a wider ALI network of more than 500 Leaders in East, South and West Africa as well as a wider global of network of leaders of more than 3000 leaders form more than 60 countries who support each other as they tackle the world’s most pressing problems and hold each other accountable to the highest standards of integrity.
Leaders join the Fellowship having demonstrated a great deal of personal success and leave it inspired to make a greater mark on their communities and the world.
The Network connects Fellows through seminars like the ‘Leading in an Era of Globalization’ series and the annual Fellowship country gatherings, the annual Resnick Aspen Action Forum, the bi-annual Africa Impact Forum so that they can learn from, collaborate with, and support one another.
As part of the Fellowship, each Fellow brings their talents and energy to bear on a pressing societal challenge by launching a new venture/ project. With over 40 ventures, East African Fellows are making significant strides on some of the most intractable problems facing our Africa today.
Overview: For millions of small businesses that serve billions of consumers daily; embracing the digital world has become a matter of survival. To remain competitive and grow, they have had to retool their operations to cater to customers embracing the convenience and safety of digital buying. Making that transition means an added expense and a huge investment in time. Small business owners face a range of barriers in this area, from access to hardware and software, to the skills they need to effectively integrate these technologies. They also may lack skills that are compatible with today’s digital environment.
The venture: LittleFish is a mobile first platform that enables these small businesses to manage their business operations with less complexity, to accept digital payments securely, access new markets, and be able to sell online seamlessly.
Societal Impact: Small businesses are being enabled to digitize their operations, including taking advantage of back-office technology to help track inventory and manage time-consuming tasks such as bookkeeping and client management with minimal complexity.
To achieve the above requires collaboration with partners in the financial services sector to advance the financial ecosystem, accelerate digitization of small businesses and to build resilient, innovative and inclusive economies that will create shared opportunity and further spur the Africa digital economy.
Find out more about Little Fish here
Overview: Lindam Academy has designed and wishes to roll out a nationwide project under the name “CONSCIOUS LEADERSHIP FOR TEACHERS”. The project is designed to provide emotional intelligence training and application skills in teaching, nurturing and empowering pupils/students. It will also develop an Emotional Intelligence curriculum that will be embedded in the academic curricula of Teachers’ Training Colleges. It is set to address excessive use of corporal punishments in schools which has become extreme to the extent of miming and causing death of a few pupils/students.
The Venture: Lindam Academy is a firm engaged in providing talent development solutions & Human Resource Management advice in Tanzania. Aside from doing business it is involved in social outreach projects of short-term nature.
Societal Impact: Having emotionally intelligent teachers and education administrators.
Creating a more conducive learning environment where young citizens’ imagination, creativity, and freedom of speech can thrive without intimidation and sense of psychological fear.
Improving mental health conditions of both pupils/students and teachers.
Increasing intellectual curiosity which is a fertile ground for innovation and productivity.
Improving academic performance and desire to excel for pupils/students.
Creating responsible citizens who will uphold tenants of respect, dignity and community which are critical in a democratic society.
Scraping corporal punishment from the education & teaching guidelines in Tanzania.
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