The African Women’s Development Fund believes that feminism is a strong backbone for any women’s organisation just as networking is key to movement building. Our coaching programme has always reflected this belief in the tenacity and ingenuity of African women and our grantees to take tiny seeds and grow them into mighty trees.
The Manda Coaching programme has been a hub for the development of many young leaders across the continent. The aim of the coaching programme has been to nurture and support the continued evolution of African feminist leaders and to support them in their growth.
The coaching programme starts with what has come to be known as the ‘Directors/CEO Forum’ which brings selected grantees together and facilitates exchange among them, develops capacity using different strategies and provides professional and technical skills.
Then follows face-to-face sessions, in addition to social media sessions, where coaching continues for a specified period. The coaching process includes practical assignments that are conducted in between sessions, with coachees putting into practice new ways of seeing and doing things, and also reflecting on experiences in each coaching session. So far, 60 leaders/activists have been coached.
This CEO forum marks the last forum in its four-year cycle, and signals the beginning of a period of reflection and evaluation, both for our coaches and our participants. We’re excited to sit, reflect and learn together as elected coachees, coaches and AWDF staff gather in Accra Ghana, on the 4-6th October 2018.
Track the tags #CEOForum #ShapingAfricasFuture and get involved in the conversation, and also meet some of our wonderful participants.