Africa Lead Learning Resources


Africa Leading on Agriculture Supporting Country-Led Agricultural Transformation in Africa

October 29, 2019 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | National Press Club, Washington, DC
Emerging lessons, opportunities and challenges for African-led agricultural policy.

Hosted in partnership with the African Union, the event entitled Africa Leading on Agriculture:Supporting Country-Led Agricultural Transformation, will focus on emerging lessons, and opportunities and challenges for African-led agricultural policy development and implementation, looking back over Africa Lead’s six years of programming and partnerships reaching across the continent.

Drawing on Africa Lead’s facilitative leadership and collaborative learning approaches, the agenda of conversations and discussions will highlight the collective experience and knowledge of key African leaders, non-state actors, and the private sector who are working on multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral reform programs. The event will also reflect on lessons from country-level efforts to advance policy-led agricultural transformation across Africa.

Collaboration for Resilience in Africa: Learning from Stable and Fragile State Contexts

October 30, 2019 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Location TBA, Washington, DC

Discussing emerging lessons, opportunities, and challenges in partnership with the USAID Center for Resilience

In partnership with USAID’s Center for Resilience and USAID/Kenya and East Africa, this learning event is the defining resilience event in Africa Lead’s Final Program Year Learning Series. The event is targeted towards interagency staff, implementing partners, and resilience experts and practitioners.

The objective of this event is to compare and contrast resilience approaches, interventions, and partnership efforts in stable vs. fragile states. The event will highlight lessons learned and best practices from these two different contexts based on Africa Lead resilience programming and technical backbone support to USAID-funded resilience partnership initiatives in Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, and the East Africa region.


Leadership for Africa’s Food Security: The Hard Facts about the Soft Art of Facilitative Leadership (Aug. 2019)

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: Youth & CAADP: The Next Generation of Food Security Leaders (Sept. 2019)

With great energy, entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm, African youth are the heart of realizing the Africa’s ambitious food security goals of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). As outlined in the 2014 CAADP Malabo Declaration, the goals call on the African Union Member States to create at least 30% of jobs for the youth through investments in agricultural value chains by 2025. As a result it’s anticipated that youth will play a critical role in agricultural production and the distribution of farm produce. It expects that significant value will accrue to young people in terms of stable incomes, well-paying jobs and nutritious food.
Are you curious to learn more about CAADP and the ongoing role youth play in achieving these goals? Would you like to participate in a conversation about how African youth have fared under CAADP and what opportunities and lessons have been learned so far engaging youth? Would you like to learn more about how to get involved locally, regionally, and at the continental level to achieve these goals? Join this webinar to learn the answers to these questions

Webinar: Assessment & Planning to Strengthen the National Institutional Architecture for Food Security – A  Discussion with CAADP Country Practitioners

Date: October 2, 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.

Learning Materials

In-Person: Senegal Learning Event

Date: October 3, 2019

In Senegal, Africa Lead has implemented the Feed the Future Senegal Program for Increasing Investment in Agriculture in Africa. The Africa Lead Senegal program has been built around its flagship interventions grouped under two mains themes,: i) multisectoral coordination and collaboration as a catalyst for collective commitment and performance and ii) capacity development as a driver for agricultural transformation. As part of Africa Lead’s program-wide Final Year Learning Series the Africa Lead Senegal Learning Event will facilitate the exchange and sharing of experiences, knowledge and best practices among its key stakeholders and draw main lessons from the project’s work in Senegal.

Data and Dialogue – Local Policy Engagement by Non-State Actors in CAADP (June 2019)

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).

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

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