The Africa-America Institute (AAI)
, a leading New York-based international education and policy organisation, announced in a press release
on 17 October 2012 that The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) has awarded the organisation a grant of $750 000 to support its leadership training programme aimed at strengthening the professional managerial capacity in African civil societies and small business sectors. The AAI is dedicated to advancing education and professional training for Africans, and promoting engagement between Africa and America through education, training and dialogue.
According to the AAI, the award will support its Transformational Leadership Program (TLP), a multi-year programme that provides non-degree professional certificate and business degree training for African managers of Africa-based NGOs working in the fields of health, education, environment and entrepreneurship, and African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
In executing the mandate of the TCCAF grant, the AAI works with a consortium of African business schools, including the United States International University (USIU) in Kenya; the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-African University in Nigeria; and USB Executive Development Ltd in South Africa.
“This grant will assist  African managers in the nonprofit and small business sectors in building professional leadership and management skills to dramatically improve their service delivery and productivity, to eventually boost economic growth in African countries,” said Amini Kajunju, president and CEO of The Africa-America Institute, in the press release.
“There is a great need for this kind of training in South Africa and we are indeed fortunate to be able to work with the Africa-America Institute in delivering this programme in South Africa,” said Dr Arnold Smit
, executive director of the Centre for Business in Society at USB Executive Development Ltd of the University of Stellenbosch Business School. “We first received funding from the AAI for a programme which ran at the end of January 2012. We are now planning to run three more Leadership and Strategy Programmes for nonprofit organisations (NPOs) during 2013 with the new funding.”
For further information about the programmes to be presented on campus at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in Bellville, please click here
or contact Desiree Daniels at Desiree.Daniels@usb-ed.com
ABOUT AAI: The Africa-America Institute
is an international organisation dedicated to advancing education and professional training for Africans, and promoting engagement between Africa and America through education, training and dialogue.