Africa Lead Learning Resources


Leadership for Africa’s Food Security: The Hard Facts about the Soft Art of Facilitative Leadership

Date: Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m – 12.30 p.m. East Africa Time
Location: Nairobi, Kenya (TradeMark Hotel, Gigiri)

Held in conjunction with the final day programming of our East and Southern Africa six-month Executive Leadership Course for Africa’s Food Security, the learning event will bring together development practitioners and managers working in food security, agricultural development, resilience building and governance to engage in a compelling conversation about facilitative leadership.

The objective of this event is to learn and share lessons about how facilitative leadership is essential in making multi-stakeholder activities and processes successful and to learn how we can all use the approach more effectively.

Learning Materials

Webinar: Institutional Architecture – APP: Resolving Country Teams, CAADP Implementation Challenges

Date: August 21, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. East African Time / 1 p.m.- 2 p.m West Africa Time / 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (U.S.)

At the continental and country level, the Continental African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) provides a framework for country governments, civil society and citizens to focus their agriculture policy efforts. There are also various country-level policy instruments for advancing agriculture at the country level that feed into CAADP, sometimes intentionally and sometimes indirectly. Various countries have used the Institutional Architecture (IA) framework for understanding and improving a country’s capacity to undertake transparent, inclusive and evidence-based policy change. Africa Lead’s Institutional Architecture Assessment, Prioritization & Planning (IA-APP) Toolkit has been utilized in a handful of countries to bring together stakeholders in participatory and sustainable approach to develop plans and efforts to achieve both country and continental agriculture policy goals. This webinar will feature discussions with CAADP country teams and CAADP country focal points to discuss how lessons learned from the IA process and IA-APP Toolkit.

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Projected Events

  • In-person: CAADP Country Teams & Collaboration Approaches (Possible AGRF side event) (Accra, Ghana |Sept. 1 or 2, 2019)
  • Webinar: Youth & CAADP: the Next Generation of Food Security Leaders (Online | Sept 9 – 13 2019)
  • In-person / webcast: Africa Lead Senegal Learning Event (SLE) (Dakar, Senegal | October 3, 2019)
  • In-person / webcast: African-Led Food Security Policy Event (Washington D.C. – TBA – Oct 29, 2019)
  • In-person / webcast: Collaborative Action for Resilience Programming (Washington D.C. – TBA – week of Oct 28 – Nov. 1, 2019)


Webinar: Catalyzing Action & Agricultural Transformation in Africa: Taking the Pulse of CAADP (June 2019)

On the heels of the 15th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Partnership Platform (CAADP-PP), Africa Lead in partnership with Agrilinks facilitated a conversation with practitioners and senior CAADP leadership to reflect on some of the challenges implementing CAADP, what we have learned about how the process can drive action at various levels, and the value of shared metrics for improving country ownership. Through the discussion, the panelists highlighted updates from the ongoing Biennial Review process,which measures progress toward achieving African-led food security and resilience policy priorities by 2025. Overall, this webinar will shed light on the lessons in utilizing CAADP as a framework to stimulate, coordinate and ultimately, accelerate policy-led agricultural transformation.

Learning Materials

Data and Dialogue – Local Policy Engagement by Non-State Actors in CAADP

Africa Lead as part of its Final Program Year Learning Series facilitated a learning event at the 15th CAADP Partnership Platform (PP) meeting to review the lessons learned and tools developed as part of the Non-State Actors Small Grants Program (SGP) carried out in partnership with the CAADP Non-State Actors Coalition (CNC).

Final Year Learning Series

Africa Lead is one of Feed the Future and USAID’s capacity building programs in sub-Saharan Africa. With a specific focus on supporting African-led food security and resilience, Africa Lead II’s goal has been to advance and support the African Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme’s (CAADP) and USAID’s own goals of reduced hunger and poverty, and improved nutrition. The six-year program has supported the U.S. government’s Feed the Future programs alongside USAID and its bilateral and regional missions. To achieve African-led agricultural transformation and advance self-reliance, Africa Lead’s programs have set out to transform the capacity of leaders and institutions, activate networks and collaborative action, and ultimately empower African-led policy solutions at all levels of agricultural policy development.

Learning Series Objectives, Format & Focus

The objective of the Africa Lead II Final Year Learning Series is to educate Africa Lead’s partners about how the program’s work has evolved over the last six years and how the flexible mechanism allowed USAID and Feed the Future to respond to the rapidly changing African-led food security and resilience policy landscape. The learning series is intent on transferring experience, knowledge, best practices and lessons learned through a series of online webinars and in-person events (across Africa and a select number of events in Washington, DC), as well as through online materials (such as podcasts, blogs and articles) and thought-leadership pieces. 

The content of the learning series will be organized in four tracks that reflect the program’s key areas of Africa Lead II’s theory of change.

  • The first track is a general track of overarching or cross-cutting information related to Africa Lead’s overall goal of Supporting African-Led Food Security & Resilience.
  • The second track will focus on Africa Lead’s formative work on Transforming Leaders & Institutions.
  • The third track will focus on how Africa Lead evolved to focus on Activating Networks and Collaborative action as a key to driving transformative change.
  • Lastly, the fourth track will focus on Africa Lead’s specific strategies to Empowering African-Lead Policy Solutions at the sub-national (local), national, regional and continental level.

Each “Learning Event” will incorporate into the sessions the specific Africa Lead II Approaches that were essential to executing programming that reflected the core values of Africa Lead’s facilitative and collaborative mandate