Leadership Development and Training
FONAA’s Flagship Program.
What’s a Leadership Development Program?
This Leadership Program is based on the concept that leadership is a process and young people can be developed and elevated to a level to fill the leadership vacuum within the public and private sectors in Africa.
One can think of FONAA’s Leadership program as an elite non-traditional program designed to fast-track various careers in different fields of choice to address the challenges Africa faces in all sectors.
FONAA’s Leadership Development Program seeks to answer the big question – why is Africa still poor?
Across the world, from 1980 to 2010, poverty dropped in all parts of the world, however, for the same time period, poverty in sub-Saharan Africa went up.
Fortunately, Ghana is among the list of countries where poverty has dropped over the last four decades, from 1991 to 2012, poverty dropped from 52.6% to 21.4%.
Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson of MIT Department of Economics explained poverty in Africa as follows: Our basic approach is, institutional. We argue that the main reasons that African nations are poor today is that their citizens have very bad interlocking economic and political incentives. Property rights are insecure and very inefficiently organized, markets do not function well, states are weak and political systems do not provide public goods.
Acemoglu and Robinson also added that – Indigenous capitalism and entrepreneurship in Africa has been held in check by the institutional environment.
FONAA still believes that things can get better and poverty should be fought drastically. President Obama on his first trip as President to sub-Saharan Africa, told African leaders that Africa needs strong institutions to fight corruption and not strong leaders.
FONAA’s vision is to be the foremost institution in Africa for leadership development programs with a singular focus on the process – skills and abilities that can be learned and developed.
FONAA will train young people to lead the strong institutions envisaged across Africa, and, specifically to lead institutions in Ghana. The skills and abilities that young people will acquire from FONAA’s programs will familiarize trainees with industry and government while also learning leadership and skills that will allow them to advance more quickly within their chosen fields.
FONAA offers exposure to different areas within a specific field or industry. FONAA sometimes might not require a college degree for its leadership programs but looks at real life experiences that align with the applicant’s passion and show commitment to helping others.
For example, a high school graduate who has experience in the micro-finance industry could be groomed to lead a department within a micro-finance institution.
FONAA’s leadership training can be taught remotely via online or live in a classroom setting.