[Episcopal News Service]
Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu has launched an initiative that seeks to help develop leadership skills at all levels in African countries.
The new Desmond Tutu Leadership Academy, launched in Cape Town in early August, aims to find and educate leaders in fields such as community development, management, academia and politics. 'This is not an elitist idea,' said Zola Makosan, a program officer for the academy. 'Among the most urgently needed leaders are those who come from historically disadvantaged groups like women and refugees.' Many analysts are convinced that a leadership crisis is one of the greatest obstacles to development in Africa.
The academy is part of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, launched in 2000. 'In 2003 we aim to open a visitors' centre in Cape Town where people from all over the world can reflect on such issues as diversity, education and the need for scarred communities to live responsibly in peace,' said Makosan.