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About Us

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

Mr Frank Paa Kumi

The many daunting challenges bedevilling the African continent which also presents a corresponding measure of opportunities to overcome our woes. Some of these prospects are however yet to be spotted, harnessed and fully explored to offer a competitive advantage to Africans. I am very optimistic of an Africa which could potentially emerge as a super power amongst the community of nations one day. My aspiration and hope are anchored on a firm belief that the following are compelling enough to play to the advantage of the African region, in the not too distant future these are;


  • The godly inclination of the African people, the relatively high moral traits and values of the African and her hospitality, coupled with the sheer determination and resolve by a cream of tomorrow’s leaders, borne out of the huge youthful demographics of the region , to act and do things differently thereby leading the charge to spur socio-economic growth in the region.

  • The establishment and activities of the Passionate Africa Leadership Institute (PALI) on the continent, is a testament of such numerous interventions and initiatives, aimed at bridging the leadership deficit. It is my considered view that these strong indicators can propel the much anticipated transformation the continent so desire.
  • Our primary motivation for setting up this institute is to redefine leadership, while challenging the status quo. We subscribe to the proposition that governing the people should be an art of design and not stroke of default. We must consciously grow and mentor young people into leadership; We therefore exist to further strengthen our democratic culture, the frontiers of leadership at the community, and institutional sphere through institutional engagement, innovative approach and creative learning models.
    Finally, PALI believes that growing and nurturing a breed of African leaders is the best strategy to propel the region into transformative societies through the strong presence of selfless leaders with high ethical standards.


    CORE VALUES

    All initiatives and engagements of the institute are guided by the values and principles of Integrity, Leadership, Patriotism and Commitment to human service.




    WHAT WE DO

    Leadership and People Development:
    We promote and advance leadership development from the perspective of the youth while taking into cognizance the need to support and strengthen the leadership architecture at the community level to ensure the successful establishment of transformative leadership guided by strong ethical and value systems of leadership prevalent in African Communities. We also advocate and support entrepreneurship education and training. There is a growing interest in the role that entrepreneurship can play as a catalyst to achieve objectives including growth, innovation employment and equity. The concept of self-education and personalized learning to complement formal education is an idea our institute projects and promotes.

    Policy Engagement (Youth Security Education and Employment Climate):
    Policy Engagement (Youth, Security, Education and Employment Climate); although young people are the main consumers and participants in education, they rarely can shape a system that is built on their behalf. Considering the above, we seek to bridge that gap by giving young people an active voice in shaping the future of education. In the same vein, encouraging innovative ways of overcoming the burden of unemployment which the recent Arab Spring masterminded by an array of youth in Tunisia is also a wake-up call on the African leaders to be proactive in involving young people at the tables of decision-making. PALI intends to commit resources to undertake surveys and researches i n the field of Youth, Education and Employment.

    Resilient Institutions and Social Accountability:
    we are committed to the establishment of an actively engaged citizenry, transparent and accountable institutions at all levels to ensure responsive and inclusive representation on decision-making through an advocacy for the rightful application of the of the rule of law, equal access to national resources while playing a watchdog role to reduce bribery and corruption in significant quantum.

    Africa’s Heritage and Youth Migration
    Promoting African Heritage and Values; we are committed to providing leadership and inspiration to further rekindle young Africans to reassert themselves by recognizing their sense of identity, the urgent need for the young African to revisit dejected values and heritage, which set the African people apart from the rest of the world.

    This in the view of the institute would play facilitating and catalyst roles in our attempt to rewrite the development script of the region through advocacy, public engagement, mentorship hub, lectures series, research and development, among other approaches. It is the considered view that once tomorrow’s leaders in the region and African youth in general buy into this concept and begin to own the Initiative, as been championed by the Reshape Africa Initiative, that could potentially serve as a catalyst for a continental revolution and thereby control the current spate of migrants from Africa, for instance the Pew Research Center is quoted as stating that the United States since 1970 to 2015 has witness upsurges of migrants from Africa, There were 2.1 million Africa immigrants living in the United Nations in 2015, up from 881,000 in 2000 and a substantial increase 1970 when the U.S was home to only 80,000 foreign born Africans. They accounted for 4.8% of the U.S immigrants population in 2015, up from 0.8% to in 1970.

    The growth is evident among recently arrived immigrants. When compared with other major groups arrived in the U.S in the past five years, Africans had the fastest growth rate from 2000 to 2013, increasing by 41% during that period (Africans are also a fast-growing segment of the black immigrant population in the U.S, increasing by 137% from 2000 to 2013) The foregone is a sad commentary o f the consistent lost of human capital to wetern nations thereby depriving the continent of a cream of critical mass required to mobilize forces of development, the institute through the Reshape Africa Initiative to control and thereby reducing the brain drain syndrome and even to inspire the young African in the Diaspora to consider resettling or investing in the region.

    Per a United Nations (UN) report, young people represent a major proportion of persons migrating annually. The age range 19-29 account for between 36% and 57% of international migrants.the above is simply un acceptable in the eye of the Passionate Africa Leadership Institute (PALI)



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    WHO WE ARE

    The Passionate Africa Leadership Institute (PALI), and its antecedents the Vision Care Network International, was set-up in June 2005 through the initiative of Frank Paa Kumi who is currently the Founding Director of the organization. PALI is a Pan-African oriented development institute that seeks to empower young Africans, strengthen community leaders and contribute to solving the leadership deficit in Africa. Our major pre-occupation is to promote a new paradigm of leadership in Africa by building and mentoring young transformational leaders to spur the socio-economic growth of the African region.


    OUR VISION

    We envision an Africa where leadership is inspired by selfless public service, impeccable integrity and a sense of purpose beyond power.


    OUR MISSION

    We continuously strive to grow and empower tomorrow’s leaders, and community actors, through institutional engagement, innovative approaches and creative learning models.


    OUR KEY MILESTONE

    Our Mission would successfully accomplished when PALI becomes the reference institute and a leading voice on the continent in the field of youth empowerment advocacy, effective natural resource governance and advancing the course of resilient institutions.


    WHY PALI

    The Passionate Africa Leadership Institute (PALI), formally know as Vision Care International Network incorporated in June 2005 with the intention to provide a platform for the empowerment of the young African and assisting them to develop leadership skills, competence and values needed to deal with the development challenges facing the continent.


    OUR PHILOSOPHY

    PALI believes that growing credible leaders is very essential in addressing Africa’s leadership challenges. This calls for concerted efforts towards transforming and improving the quality of human lives and behaviors.


    THE THEORY OF CHANGE

    We enhance the leadership potential of future leaders to adequately and effectively offer pragmatic solution to complex challenges confronting the modern states and communities to further facilitate the process of building resilient institutions to ensure a more sustainable society..


    WHAT WE ARE SHAPING

  • Leadership Development (Community and Youth)

  • Policy advocacy on Youth Issues, Education, Employment and Security

  • Economic Governance and Entrepreneurship Development

  • Sustainable Development and Good Governance

  • Advancing the course of Resilient Institutions and promoting Social Accountability

  • Promoting African Heritage and Values.

  • Fostering and deepening the process of diaspora integration while controlling youth migration to reduce rain-drain in the region.


  • TRAINING & PUBLICATIONS

    Undertakes research and development on a wide range of issues to centre on the thematic area of focus. The institute shall publish at the beginning of 2017 a Pan-African leadership Magazine and articles, whiles issuing position papers on local national and global issues.


    HOW TO GET INVOLVE

    You have the power to support the youth, our economy and Africa - by learning, volunteering, interning and empowering. Your involvement in our activities enables us empower the youth to create lasting change for them, our economy and the world at large.






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