Anam City’s innovative approach to rural development, community leadership and stakeholder participation was highlighted at Columbia University’s 2011 Africa Diplomatic Forum (ADF). On a panel with high level international affairs officials, Abena Sackey Ojetayo, past Program Manager at the Chife Foundation, discussed the prospects and pitfalls of youth leadership in the future of Africa. The Anam project’s involvement of young people through the Fellows Program and stakeholder focus groups was highlighted as an example of a powerful tool of raising the next generation of leaders in Africa.
The ADF is an annual forum presented by Columbia University’s SIPA Pan-African Network and the Institute of African Studies that brings together African diplomats, academics, activists to discuss development issues on the Continent. This year’s theme, “The Blueprint,” focused on new challenges and opportunities in Africa to develop the right tools and lay the necessary foundation towards sustainable development in light of global political and economic shifts.