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Date : August 18 – 20, 2024
Venue : Djeuga Hotel, Yaounde – Cameroon


  1. Background

Aspiration 6 of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 as well as UN SDGs, explicitly call for an Africa whose development is people-centered, relying on the potential offered by African people, especially women and youth. Cameroon suffers from a severe lack of adequate leadership. This is seen in poor governance and a significant decline in democratic norms, basic human rights and individual liberties. Any deliberate attempt has never been made, to identify and nurture young leaders to respond to the realities of a multicultural and bilingual Cameroon.

Like John C. Maxwell says: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way”. Leaders are highly motivated change-makers and thinkers who propose creative ideas, push for social progress, and foster human flourishing. To continually address the issue of poor leadership in African countries like Cameroon, it is paramount to bring effective solutions to fundamental issues such as the erosion of democratic standards, global ethics, and individual liberties while creating free and forging systems. That is why young leaders have to be encouraged and their capacities strengthened to respond to the realities of a multicultural and emerging Cameroon.

In this context, the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation through its think tank, The Nkafu Policy Institute is organizing the 2024 edition of its Emerging Leaders Program which aims in exposing Cameroonian young leaders to global moral stance, diverse policies and public services. This batch of emerging leaders will be equipped with skills to create a vision, inspire others to follow it thereby creating unity and purpose which will bring people together and create a better future for Cameroon and the world at large.

  1. Objective

The training is aimed at ensuring that Cameroonian Women and Youth are empowered through targeted training and mentorship programs that will equip them with necessary leadership skills to impact positively in their respective communities.

More specifically it aims to:

  • Engage participants on policy formulation;
  • Create an awareness on government issues and the rule of law in the country;
  • Create a network of young citizens who can actively engage in government & democracy issues;
  • Create young leaders who deliberately practice global moral values for a united and inclusive society
  1. Expected outcomes

It is expected that:

  • 20 participants gained the necessary skills to write good policy papers, at the end of the training;
  • Participants are expected to understand the need to be actively involved in public service activities;
  • Increased awareness on government issues and the rule of law in Cameroon;
  • Increased global moral values for a united and inclusive society.
  • Created network of young citizens who can actively engage in governance & democracy issues.
  1. Structure of the training

The Training of emerging leaders on policy and public service engagement will be conducted over a period of three days. It will consist of presentations/interactive sessions from expert trainers, followed by exchange of views on the emerging issues. Attendees with ages between 18- 35 comprising of both female and male folks will come from the 10 regions of Cameroon. The training will comprise case studies, breakout sessions, etc. At the end of the training, the batch of trained emerging leaders will go back to their respective communities/regions to implement the leadership skills acquired. Participants shall be engaged also with the Governance and Democracy Institute at the Nkafu Policy Institute for a fixed term period. They shall focus, amongst other things, on carrying out research to educate the public, through newspaper articles and short policy-oriented videos.

  1. Facilitators/Organizers

The program is organized by the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation and will be facilitated by carefully selected experts working in both the private and public sector.

  1. Venue and Duration

This is three day training from 18th to 20th August 2024 at Djeuga Hotel, Yaoundé-Cameroon.

  1. Fee and selection

The emerging leaders will be selected through a call for applications from the ten regions of Cameroon. The fees are supported for all selectee and invited participants.

About the Denis And Lenora Foretia Foundation

The Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation was established to catalyze Africa’s economic transformation by focusing on social entrepreneurship, science and technology, innovation, public health and progressive policies that create economic opportunities for all. The foundation works in partnership with local governments, policy makers, private enterprises, civil society organizations as well as development partners to expand the resources available to entrepreneurs, farmers, and small business owners in addition to improving individual livelihoods.

About the Nkafu Policy Institute

The Nkafu Policy Institute is an African think tank with a mission to provide independent, in-depth and insightful policy recommendations that allows all Africans to prosper in free, fair, democratic and sustainable economies. The Institute is made up of analysts, experts and researchers from all over the world, working on a wide range of topics, including governance and democracy, health and education, peace and security, science and technology, and economic policy.

Contact: For more inquiries, kindly contact us via the following email address: [email protected] or via the following phone number: (+237) 222 31 15 84 / 654 86 72 54.