The Mo Ibrahim Foundation will this Saturday host three major events in the Senegalese capital Dakar, a public music concert, a prize ceremony and the Mo Ibrahim forum.
The fourth annual Ibrahim policy forum will also see Archbishop Desmond Tutu receive a Special Award accompanied by a grant of US$ 1 million.
The South African Clergyman will be honored for his lifelong commitment to speaking truth to power.
The Intergenerational Dialogue in Dakar, Senegal will provide a unique platform for discussion between the Tutu Fellows, prominent established leaders and youth delegates from across Africa.
150 young leaders from 26 countries across the continent make up the Fellowship’s alumni, ranging from the social, economic, political, technological and environmental sectors.
These represent Africa’s best and brightest, and have the potential to play a significant role in the future of the continent.
The Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship founded in 2003 is the flagship programme of the African Leadership Institute (AfLI). It is awarded annually to 20-25 outstanding young Africans between the ages of 25 and 40 who are expected to become leaders in their fields during the next decade.
Red Pepper’s Arinaitwe Rugyendo, a member of the 2012 Tutu class is among these young enterprising African leaders who will be attending the forum over the weekend.
“It is our hope that this event will help identify new approaches aimed at encouraging greater dialogue between the generations. This is highly relevant, both here in Senegal and beyond, as young people increasingly demonstrate that their voices must be taken into account at all levels of society” states Madji Sock, 2010 Fellow from Senegal and Director of Dalberg Global Development Advisors in Dakar.
The dialogue is taking place in the context of the Mo Ibrahim Forum – which this year focuses on youth – and is being held in Dakar from 9 to 11 November
The Forum will also bring together African civil society, governments, the private sector, multilateral and regional institutions, the international community and a range of young Africans leaders, including 25 Tutu Fellows