In partnership with The MasterCard Foundation the Talloires Network launched the University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa (UETLA) Faculty Support Grant in 2016. This unique grant opportunity supported the ongoing learnings of the Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI), launched in 2012 to catalyze change in the way universities across the globe prepare their students for employment and entrepreneurship after graduation. The purpose of UETLA is to support such efforts by documenting university education for transformative leadership at African institutions, with an emphasis on education strategies for youth leadership and economic participation. It contributes to the Talloires Network’s action research agenda and growing community of practice; it also assists the Network in its commitment to “increase acknowledgement and recognition for professors who perform high quality community-engaged teaching and research, and public service.”
This report presents the participants, activities, and outcomes of the program. Special attention is given to four main summaries of findings: (1) Gender, Youth, and Transformative Leadership, (2) Employability, Entrepreneurship, and Networking, (3) Pedagogy and Mentorship, and (4) the Power of Sharing and Exchange. The report also briefly discusses the successful ingredients of implementing a program to support university faculty and recommendations for the continuation of university support in Africa.