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Feb 17 2012 @ 15:18

African Development Comes to Canada

A new EWB program is launching a 180 degree reversal of our traditional approach. Instead of sending Canadian leaders to African communities, we're bringing African Leaders here.

EWBs African Leadership Program (ALP) is designed to create better collaboration between Canadians and Africans by ensuring that relationship isn't a one-way street. Delegates are selected from EWB's partners based on outstanding contributions in their home countries, strong communication skills and high potential as young leaders. The chosen delegates travel to Canada for an intensive, six week experience where they gain knowledge and experience that helps them better create lasting, systemic change at home.

During the program, the delegates take part in work placements and networking opportunities with organizations in Ontario and Qubec that are relevant to their work in Africa. They attend EWB's national conference, as well as tailored leadership and management seminars, and they stay with incredible Canadian families who volunteer to open their homes.

We are currently seeking hosts for our 2013 African Leadership Program. If you are interested in participating, please submit your name here

In the end, delegates return home with new ideas, fresh motivation and the tools needed to better drive systemic change that stands in the way of locally led, systemic development. They also gain a better understanding of Canadian culture, and are able to see their homes in a different context. In 2012, delegates joined a Toronto-based homeless mission in handing out sandwiches on the street. Few realized that there were homeless people in Canada at all, and the experience had a profound impact on them.

Read stories from 2012 delegates on the African Leadership Program Blog >

See videos of their experience >

Each year, the feedback from the delegates themselves, their work placement companies and host families has been tremendous. It is an experience that challenges and inspires individuals in both hemispheres to learn and to think of innovative ways of changing the world and improving their communities.

We're excited about the future of this new and growing program, and we have to express incredible thanks to all the sponsors that made it possible, especially our flagship sponsors, Hatch and Almag Aluminum. We're also incredibly happy to thank the many companies and organizations that hosted leaders, including the City of Cambridge Municipal Partnership, CH2M, Royal Bank of Canada, MaRS Commons, Jordan Engineering and many more.

We are currently seeking companies looking to get involved with our 2013 African Leadership Program. If you are interested in participating, please submit your name here


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