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Leadership Training Leaves Lasting Impact


Margaret Ndaba
works in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives in Tanzania and serves as the country’s focal point representing the Ministry with the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Under Africa Lead, Margaret participated in the Champions for Change Leadership Training. Post training, Margaret applied her new skills to lead transformative change in implementing the CAADP agenda.

In addition to training, Africa Lead provided opportunities for her institution to engage in CAADP fora, develop a CAADP Compact for Tanzania, and analyze policy and institutional frameworks. This support, Margaret notes, has been “instrumental to transforming our mindset and knowing how to be analytical in tackling the CAADP agenda.” Further, experience in policy and institutional issues has enabled Margaret to push for deeper engagement by the Tanzania CAADP country team leading to greater progress.

Others are taking notice; at the recent AUC Heads of State Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Jakaya Kikwete was asked to share Tanzania’s best practices in implementing CAADP especially in establishing a monitoring framework for APLE commitments. Working within the country is critically important, but applying learning from across other countries will take the CAADP agenda much farther, starting with one Champion at a time.

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