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King’s College London Receives $1.7m Grant From Carnegie For African Leadership Center

August 14, 2009

King’s College London has been awarded a grant of $1,680,500 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund Peace and Security Fellowships at the African Leadership Center (ALC), an initiative that offers unique opportunities to young Africans and equips them with the skills and knowledge to become leading analysts and policymakers on peace, security and development in Africa.

The African Leadership Centre was formed in July 2008 as collaboration between King’s and Kenyatta University. The ALC aims to produce a cadre of young Africans with expertise in peace, security and development that will enable them to formulate and implement future policy in this area. The knowledge of these young leaders is intended to lead to transformative change at national, sub-regional and regional levels. Apart from providing training and mentoring, the ALC also aims to evolve into a pan-African center of excellence on peace, security and development.

The Carnegie grant will contribute to building the next generation of African scholars in peace, security and development in African Universities. It will enable 21 young African scholars over three years to complete Master’s courses in “ËœConflict, Security and Development’, or “ËœInternational Peace and Security’ at King’s, starting in 2010. These scholars, who will be Fellows of the ALC, will benefit from institutional visits and exchanges with other scholars working in this field, and receive supervision to undertake specified research as part of an attachment to a core number of African universities. The grant will also facilitate the development of a network of select African universities to develop and sustain programs on peace, security and development.

Dr Funmi Olonisakin, Director of the Conflict Security and Development Group at King’s who leads on the project, comments: “ËœThe ALC aims to contribute to Africa’s long-term social and economic development by addressing root causes of problems and ensuring the next generation of leaders are able to develop new policy approaches to promote stable, peaceful and vibrant African societies. As a “bridge-building” tool between academia and the world of policy and practice, the ALC will build a new community of leaders in Africa, generating cutting-edge knowledge for transformative change on the continent.

“ËœWe are enormously grateful for the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation, which will help to secure the work of this much needed Centre over the coming years.’

Dr. Tade Aina, Program Director, Higher Education in Africa, Carnegie Corporation says: “ËœThe Corporation is pleased to support King’s College efforts to contribute to building the next generation of leaders and academics in the field of peace, security and development. This work through the African Leadership Center and in collaboration with African universities will not only contribute to bringing in much needed African perspectives and voices to the global discussions on peace and security but also help build African capacity and expertise in this important field.’

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