African Leadership Programme

Sustainable Nation Ireland in collaboration with the UN founded GESCI initiative is exploring the development of an African Leadership for the Financing of Clean Energy (ALFCE – African Leadership for the Financing of Clean Energy) programme.

Intended to provide key policy decision makers with the tools, models, mechanisms and competences to underpin the development of climate friendly policies; it will build leadership skills in financing that will support national low-carbon economic activities, specifically the rollout of clean energy infrastructure. The proposed programme is contextualized to the overall development policy frameworks in African countries and the achievement of key and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This blended learning initiative aims to design and implement a dedicated professional development programme in leadership for mid-to-high level government officials, including energy regulators, focused on effective planning and development in the financing of clean energy.  

Partnership driven

Demonstrating the innovative value-add of this project, the pathway to project delivery has been substantially reduced in terms of cost and time due to the partnership with the UN founded GESCI initiative.
GESCI is considered an African leader in building capacity in the area of ICT and knowledge economy at the political and governmental level. Over the past five-years, its flagship project co-delivered with the African Union Commission has focused on civil service ICT capacity building. This flagship has up-skilled 600 civil servants across 16 African countries at the Postgrad Certificate level while building out a Minister’s network across the same number of countries.

As project partner, GESCI will support the project by making available their digital learning content infrastructure, their political and governmental network in 16 African countries while sharing knowledge gained over the past five years, dramatically shortening the pathway to project delivery.

Feasibility study

By undertaking a full feasibility study, which will capture participating country’s specific needs, the programme will:

  • understand and directly address national needs based on existing country studies and socio-economic plans
  • ensure that relevant stakeholders are engaged and buy-in is received
  • support the development of a value-adding programme aimed at the unlocking of finance, thus decreasing emissions and energy poverty while increasing resilience

Initial feasibility work is supported by the EU’s Climate-KIC and the UN founded GESCI.


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