Posts Tagged ‘africa’

ERFA-Logo-no-backgroundWith a huge focus on Africa and the tremendous investment of many countries into the continent, it is no wonder that more and more articles are being written about its potential and its challenges. From youth unemployment to the creating of sustainable platforms of development, Africa is certainly high on the agenda of many leaders around the world.

Today I want to share for discussion three different articles written by three different authors who might not even know about one another. Yet all three of them were in fact not just complimenting each other, but also strengthening and challenging each others viewpoint.

The first article highlights the urgent need for companies to change their approach in becoming more like training schools who are there to equip and empower people. They need to start with training early and do it as often as possible. They need to make use of mentors and feedback programs to continuously monitor the growth and progress of each employee.

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For the last few weeks I have been in many conversations around ‘Aid vs Trade’. Fully understanding the negative implications around the providing of Aid in a world of desperateness, the opposite also exist that Aid in combination of discipline, guidance, and empowerment, could serve as a catalyst for change.

Below are two great ‘Ted’ conversations worth discussing. The first challenging the thought about ‘Aid vs Trade’, and the second giving great inside as to the growing economy and future of our beloved continent.

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ImageRecently I had the privilege to be part of a team who facilitated the MANI Emerging Leaders Gathering (ELG) for Southern Africa. It has indeed been an enriching experience as we explored the uniqueness of the ELG, how it relates to previous and coming generations, and how it sees itself in relation to Global Evangelisation.

Young people from various regions across Southern Africa gathered for two days in Pretoria under the banner of MANI – Movement for Africa National Initiatives. Their goal was to learn from each other, and to produce a continuous working document on who the ELG of Southern Africa is. This was done in relation to a broader strategy established in March this year when a small group of us gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to establish the Africa ELG network. The Southern Africa gathering was the first of five(5) regional gatherings that will take place in the coming months.

Although a thorough report will be released soon, I can share a few interesting discoveries:

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IMG_3300Heading back south I am compelled to reflect on what was to be one of the more interesting, yet unexplainable experiences ever. I am reminded of the words from a lecturer during mission training who said “when experiencing the unexpected, pause and ask why?”

For three days Christo and I were stuck in Nairobi as we were heading to Cameroon when the airport was on fire just as we arrived to catch our connecting flight. Fascinated by the experience we sad there most of the morning taking photos and making our own short video. Throughout the morning various media agencies approached as for photos, our stories, the experiences we had, and questioning as about our next steps from here. It was our moment of fame as news agencies such as BBC, CNN, KTN, Sky News, Al Jazeera, SABC and many other requested permission to interview us. My Facebook page quickly became a reference point as I posted the progress of the fire spreading through the building on regular intervals.

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