Making Africa Work for Africans (MAWA)
Supporting the leadership growth of 15,000 public sector leaders
Making Africa Work for Africans (#goodgovernancechallenge) is a leadership enhancement program designed to support public sector leaders in Africa to make optimal decisions that will transform Africa into the global powerhouse of the future as defined by the Africa Agenda 2063 (“an integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena”) and aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Making Africa Work for Africans (“MAWA”) supports the optimal decision-making of 15,000 public sector leaders (heads of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies) through the creation of peer-learning experiences, executive coaching, multinational networking, and incentives for superior organizational performance.
The program is designed by BCA Leadership and organized in partnership with the PLO Lumumba Foundation (“PLO”). Making Africa Work for Africans is a generational program with a twenty-five-year duration. The program will start with a three-year pilot phase involving 500 leaders of MDAs, after which the program may be extended to its full scope of 15,000 leaders over 25 years. During the pilot phase, each leader will be supported with a package of leadership and governance-enhancement services costing USD 4,500 per year. The program is open to leaders of MDAs in all 54 African countries.
Assumptions in MAWA Design
A significant number of leaders of MDAs in Africa do desire positive outcomes for their institutions and communities.
African leaders are willing to learn from peers in similar positions in other countries.
African leaders are just as vulnerable to peer pressure as any other leaders; therefore, creating ‘tribes’ of peers helps African leaders to benchmark themselves against peers and strive for better performance.
African leaders are just as hungry for recognition as any other leaders; creating awards and recognition for good leadership performance will inspire African leaders to make optimal decisions.
Executive coaching, which has helped private sector leaders to make optimal decisions and achieve their organizational goals, will be similarly effective with public sector leaders.
African leaders are extremely busy with various demands on their time; any intervention must be extremely time-efficient.
Objectives of MAWA
The objective of Making Africa Work for Africans #goodgovernancechallenge:
The goal of Making Africa Work for Africans is to transform Africa into a middle-income continent by 2030 and a high-income continent by 2045, in line with the Africa Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The project will start with a three-year pilot phase that will target/impact 500 leaders in Africa. The pilot phase was launched on 16 June 2021.