LEADERSHIP, POLICY AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
The objective of the academy is to improve leadership in both public and private spheres. The strategic thrust of the academy is:
Building leadership capacity for strengthened policy development and practice
The academy develops tailor made modules and rolls out structured capacity development programmes for current and future leaders of policy development and practice in Africa.
In addition to these courses, participants are taken though a leadership challenge in which they learn how to convert a Problem into an Opportunity for the attainment of both Personal and Organisational Goals. The leadership challenge also exposes participants to how leaders get extraordinary things done in organisations.
Strengthening policy development and practice
The “process” through which policies are formulated is just as important as the detailed “content” contained in the policies. Despite the fact that many African policies and strategies contain great detail, the biggest problem is that the policies are not implemented.
Some of the modules targeted at policy actors at various levels in and outside governments include:
Prospective projects include coordinating the internalization and use of the CAADP Results Framework through Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NEPAD Agency) and African Union Commission (AUC). This will be through enhancing planning capacity of stakeholders to ensure strengthened and aligned policy environment at national, regional and continental level; strengthening institutional capacity and skills development; improvements in governance and resolute, decisive accountable leadership and governance. BEAT would also like to intensify this effort up to country level.
BEAT has provided expert support to FARA in crafting the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa and in developing strategies and activities for its adoption and implementation.