Leadership and Conflict Management

Introduction

The Centre for African Peace Research (CAPR), based in Somalia and Twin Cities, Minnesota is an African Non-Governmental Organization that works to ensure conflict prevention and assure conflict resolution throughout Africa for sustainable peace and development.

CAPR recognizes that in order to attain these objectives Africa needs capable and focused leadership that understands what each country needs and how various institutions in each country can work together to achieve these goals. To assist in developing a cadre of such leaders CAPR holds Leadership retreats twice a year at which political, business and social leaders exchange views on the nature and importance of leadership in organizations, institutions and countries, discussing contemporary perspectives on leadership in all aspects of society.

Target groups
The Retreat is designed for senior and middle-level professionals and those pursuing studies in different fields.

Areas to be covered

  • Introduction to Leadership Principles
  • Transitioning to Leadership
  • Distinction between leadership and management
  • Management Essentials
  • Leadership styles
  • Pillars of Leadership
  • Distinction between women and men leaders
  • Women Executive Leadership
  • The role of leadership in conflict intervention
  • The role of leadership in transformational societies
  • Macroeconomic Policy Formulation
  • Leadership and Management of Conflicting National Goals
  • The role of communication and interpersonal relationships
  • Characteristics of a successful leadership style

Methodology

The Retreat will be conducted through an interactive workshop format. Participants will have opportunities to interact with each other, share their knowledge, experiences, challenges and listen to each other. The emphasis is on enhancing knowledge and understanding of effective leadership styles. The Retreat will also involve role plays, case studies and other exercises.

Expected Outcomes

Understand what leaders really do Differentiate between leadership and management Expound on the nature and importance of leadership in organisations / institutions / countries etc Understand the concept of leadership as a conflict intervention function Present viewpoints regarding political leadership in different countries Identify the more interactive leaders between women and men Identify and comment on some contemporary perspectives on leadership

Afrocentric Dialogues for a Peaceful World

Today I went to Minneapolis for a small meeting of several people convened by Mohamed Dini, founder and director of the Center for African Peace Research (CAPR). Four of us met, at the Somali Mall in South Minneapolis: Mohamed Dini, The Founder.

We introduced ourselves and affirmed our commitment to the goals of CAPR. We agreed to retain those goals and focus on their implementation. We affirmed the idea that came out of the last meeting: to start where we are, here in the Twin Cities.

We should work with communities, organizations, agencies, schools,and other institutions interested in, or in need of, creating cultures of peace. This will build both real life experience and more credibility for CAPR. We briefly discussed funding opportunities and agreed to consider these as the need arises.

After the meeting in the Somali Mall, three of us went to Columbia Heights to meet with colleagues from the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) of the University of Minnesota whom Mohamed Dini had contacted–Vanessa Abanu and Yuichiro Onishi. In less than an hour, we covered much ground, exploring areas of mutual interest between the AAAS program and CAPR.

The AAAS program is planning to revamp its curriculum and foster more engagement with the community. We can work together in the areas of coalition building, fostering unity among disparate African and African Diaspora organizations, including student associations to help promote pan Africanism. The resources and methods we can use include performances, workshops and outreach programs.

One of our most memorable conversations concerned the opportunities our collaboration is bound to create for students, especially internships. Through participating in our programs, students will gain first-hand experience of real life issues affecting our communities–such as conflicts–and ways of addressing them. In many ways, such as demographic and cultural, the Twin Cities and adjacent areas are a microcosm of the world.

(The photo above, taken at the Big Marina Grill & Deli in Columbia Heights, features, left to right, , Mohamed Dini, Joseph L. Mbele, Vanessa Abanu, Professor Yuichiro Onishi).