Greetings from the Institute!

It’s been another four months, another opportunity for us at the Institute to contribute to the Africa we want.  In between, through our activities, we welcomed new members to the LéO Africa Network, and we are glad to introduce them to our traditional correspondence – The LéO Africa Quarterly News Letter.
Fourth LéO Africa Economic Forum Focuses on Innovation

Last month, July 7th to be exact, we hosted our fourth annual LeO Africa Economic Forum. Themed; “Assessing the Impact of Disruptive Innovations and Growth in Africa” the Forum brought together over 250 innovators, entrepreneurs and thought leaders from both the public and private sectors in Uganda and Rwanda. They explored opportunities that innovative technologies provide for creation of employment opportunities for young people in the East African region.

The Forum featured an exhibition, panels, speeches and a masterclass session. Ivan Rugambwa, Awel  Uwihanganye and Kimbugwe Muzaphal respectively reflect on the Forum, its theme, and the major take aways.  While at it, relive the day, in pictures   

Young and Emerging Leaders Project

Our flagship leadership program - the Young and Emerging Leaders’ Project continued to attract attention and interest from Uganda and beyond.  On July 1-2nd, we had the second seminar for our 2017 Fellows that focused on “Defining and Achieving Success as a mark of Personal Leadership”.

The seminar explored themes such as the promise and perils of social entrepreneurship, managing failure and learning from it among others, in a welcome two day reflective retreat for the Institute’s dynamic fellows, all of whom are out to make their mark in their diverse careers. Here are the highlights, as captured by Donnas Ojok, and a photographic summary of the seminar

Kwibuka@23 Conversation in Kampala and Kigali

In April , we joined our Rwandan friends to commemorate 23 years after the Genocide against the Tutsi, by hosting simultaneous commemorative conversations at our offices in Kampala and at the Kigali convention and exhibition village in Kigali.  Hosted under the theme; Taking a Global Stand against Genocide Ideology, the discussions were attended by over 400 young people in Kampala and Kigali, including the Rwandan High Commissioner to Uganda H.E.Maj.Gen. Frank Mugambagewho participated in the Kampala conversation.

Thousands more followed on Facebook and Twitter, via Facebooklive and Periscope. In case you missed the conversation, Godfrey Ssali and Paul Ampurire summarized it all for you, while Zahra Abdul captured the day’s events on camera

YouthConnekt comes to a close, over $100m pledged for African entrepreneurs

But we can only do so much, alone.  The quest for a dignified future for Africa’s young people must be a continental effort.

As such, we were in July, pleased to participate in the first ever YouthConnekt Africa Summit, on the invitation of the Rwandan Minister for ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana. The Institute   delegation to the July 19th-21st summit in Kigali  comprised of our 2017 YELP Fellows and staff, who were  were joined by 3000 other participants from over 50 countries. The summit secured commitments of over $100m towards empowering the continent’s young people to pursue projects that can transform their societies.

Notable among the participants were Alibaba founder and China’s richest man, Jack Ma, African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina, R&B singer Akon, and the host President Paul Kagame. Kwezi Tabaro captured the highlights from the summit

Young Achievers’ Awards are back!

Finally, as we intimated in our last correspondence, the Young Achievers’ Awards are back after a 4 year break.Started by our Senior Director Awel Uwihanganye and fellow social entrepreneur Ivan Serwano Kyambadde in 2009, the awards, now organized by our sister Organization Reach A Hand Uganda, will recognize outstanding young people who are transforming their societies and inspiring their peers through their work.

Two of our fellows - Raymond Mujuni, Abaas Mpindi- and our photographer Zahra Abdul made the shortlist for the Media/Journalism and the Creative Arts/Photography categories respectively, while another of our 2017 Fellows, Kemiyondo Coutinho, will co-host the Awards Night tomorrow at the Kampala Serena.

On the whole, we remain convinced of the potential of Africa’s young people, and committed to helping them succeed and lead fulfilling and productive lives. It is our way of Contributing to the Africa We want. 

We hope to hear from you, see you at our events soon!

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