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African Leadership in ICT and Knowledge Society Development

GESCI’s African Leadership in ICT and Knowledge Society Development (ALICT-LaTIC) programme, has been implemented in 16 Anglophone and Francophone countries. It presents an innovative model for building leadership capacities for knowledge and ICT driven social and economic transformation. Leaders are capacitated to make informed policy and investment decisions for enabling ICT to support socio-economic development effectively; building leadership capacity to articulate and convince stakeholders in highly challenging cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder environments of the role and value of ICT diffusion to achieve their development goals.

All models need to be constantly reviewed, documented, developed and up-scaled based on lessons learned and partner needs. In the new strategic phase a key focus will be deeper programme development and evaluative research on the potential of ICT as a critical investment to enable the transformative power of education and learning for sustainable development to occur – as in:

  • the use of mobile technology models to support community literacy and numeracy initiatives;
  • scaling up models for ICT use to enhance 21st century learning and STEM skills;
  • consolidating informal living lab models for youth digital skills for employability;
  • regional scale-up through partnership models of African Leadership in ICT and Knowledge Society Development


Underlying all the initiatives are the critical themes for sustainable development

  • environmental sustainability
  • women leadership
  • social equity
  • inclusive development.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

 The objectives of the ALICT program are based on the original ARAPKE ALICT plan and further developed to fit and reflect Finnish Development Policy, the Africa-EU P8 and the AUC’s Action Plan:

  1. Provide direct personal experience of ICT as an enabler for human resource development, education, skills development and innovation contributing to Knowledge Society development.
  2. Raise awareness and build strategic capacities of African leaders and policy makers in the human resource development sectors on the vision of Knowledge Societies and the role of ICT in Education, Science and Technology and Innovation as well as socio-economic development (in collaboration with other partners such as AUC and UNECA).
  3. Introduce participants to leadership skills and enable them to avail of mechanisms in the continent for regional cooperation, solidarity and collaboration among African countries.
  4. Harness the leadership skills of promising ICT leaders and policymakers to ensure the benefits of new technologies are available to all.
  5. Promote policy dialogue on Knowledge Society issues on a regional and continental level.
  6. Link and facilitate knowledge sharing among Knowledge Society initiatives and regional partners and promote policy dialogue on Knowledge Societies in Africa.
  7. Build and disseminate information, knowledge and experiences on the role and use of ICT in Education, Science and Technology and Innovation for Knowledge Society development.
  8. Develop a platform to address the critical professional development needs identified in terms of management, leadership, project formulation and management, and build strategic capacities of the participants and partners in program preparation, implementation and evaluation as it relates to building the capacity of Member States on Knowledge Society issues.

Programme BENEFITS

Policy incoherence and misalignment in the Education, ICT, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) sectors, and a lack of effective leadership to address this issue, has been identified as one of the greatest obstacles to the development of knowledge societies in Africa.

Socio-economic development depends on well developed and implementable Education, ICT and STI policies that compliment one another and advance each sector’s goals. The ALICT-LaTIC programme builds the capacity of future African leaders to contribute effectively to the development of knowledge societies by imparting new leadership skills to them.

These new leadership skills will provide participants with the attitudes, ideas, management tools, and strategies to act as change agents, assisting their ministries and organisations to develop coherent and well aligned polices in Education, ICT and STI.

ALICT-LaTIC

  1. Equips existing and future African leaders with a commanding understanding of the key elements in the development of knowledge societies.

  2. Build leaders’ capacities to be agents of change in their own ministries, organisations and regions for the development of knowledge societies.

Course Delivery

The programme is delivered using a blended learning approach whereby participants learn both online and in face-to-face settings:

  • Through the ALICT-LaTIC virtual workspace participants will access learning materials, engage in discussion, and complete group assignments with the support of online tutors.
  • Key elements of the course will be delivered in face-to-face workshops:
    • Introduction to the Knowledge Society
    • Futures Thinking
    • 360 leadership assessment feedback
    • Development of a policy coherence roadmap

 

Course Duration

  • 7 months
  • Online, Offline and Applied Learning

CERTIFICATION & AWARDS

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a professional development certificate in ICT and Knowledge Society. Successful participants will also be eligible for the award of a Graduate Diploma in Leadership in ICT and the Knowledge Society from Dublin City University (Ireland), a leading European university.

Participants who obtain a Graduate Diploma may continue their studies with DCU for the award of Masters on completion of a research module followed by research enquiry. Further fees will apply for the Masters.

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Reference Projects

ALICT 2013 Botswana

Location: Botswana
Time Period: 2013-2014
Participants:30 Mid and Senior level officials across various Ministries

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ALICT 2015 Côte d’Ivoire

Programme: LATIC
Time Period: 2015-2016
Scope: 9 mid and Senior level officials from Government of Cote d’Ivoire

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ALICT 2013 Ethiopia

Location: Ethiopa
Time Period: 2013-2014
Scope: 41 mid and Senior level officials from Government of Ethiopia and African Union Commission

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ALICT Ghana 2014

Programme: ALICT
Time Period: 2014
Scope:17 mid and Senior level officials from Government of Ghana across various Ministries

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ALICT 2012 Kenya

Programme: ALICT
Time Period: 2012-2014
Scope: 74 mid and Senior level officials across various Ministries

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ALICT Malawi

Programme: ALICT
Time Period: 2013-2014
Scope: 39 Officials from Government
of Malawi

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ALICT Mauritius

Programme: African Leadership in ICT
Date: 2012-2014
Scope: 46 Officials from Government of Mauritius

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ALICT 2015 Morocco

Programme: LATIC
Time Period: 2015
Scope: 23 Officials from Government of Morocco

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ALICT Mozambique

Programme: ALICT
Time Period: 2014
Scope: 13 Officials from Government of Mozambique

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ALICT Namibia

Programme: ALICT
Time Period: 2013-2014
Scope: 24 Officials from Government of Namibia

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ALICT Rwanda

Project: ALICT
Time Period: 2013-2014
Scope: 36 Officials from Government of Rwanda

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LATIC Senegal

Project: LATIC Senegal
Time Period: 2015-2016
Scope: 22 Officials from Government of Senegal

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ALICT South Africa

Project: ALICT South Africa
Time Period: 2012-2014
Scope: 16 Officials from Government of South Africa

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ALICT Tanzania

Project: ALICT Tanzania
Time Period: 2012-2014
Scope: 35 Officials from Government of Tanzania

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ALICT Uganda

Project: ALICT Uganda
Time Period: 2013-2014
Scope: 39 Officials from Government of Uganda

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ALICT Zambia

Project: ALICT
Time Period: 2012-2014
Scope: 31 Officials from Government of Zambia

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