The objective of the academy is to improve leadership in both public and private spheres. The strategic thrust of the academy is:

Building leadership capacity for strengthened policy development and practice

The academy develops tailor made modules and rolls out structured capacity development programmes for current and future leaders of policy development and practice in Africa.
The need for strong and principled African Leadership
As Africa transforms into a formidable world player and a modern society in the next few decades, leadership becomes critical to steer development in various fronts in and outside government; yet Africa still has to learn from its great ancient history.
The thrust of the leadership skills that the academy offers is therefore grounded in Africa’s own history of leadership.


Some of the Leadership courses on offer include:

  • Evolution of leadership approaches: theory and practice
  • African leadership: principles and practice
  • Leading change and transformation
  • African humanism and personal development
  • Applied African philosophy to managing relationships
  • Approaches to strategy for Afrika: theory and practice
  • Programme and project leadership


In addition to these courses, participants are taken though a leadership challenge in which they learn how to convert a Problem into an Opportunity for the attainment of both Personal and Organisational Goals. The leadership challenge also exposes participants to how leaders get extraordinary things done in organisations.

Strengthening policy development and practice

The “process” through which policies are formulated is just as important as the detailed “content” contained in the policies. Despite the fact that many African policies and strategies contain great detail, the biggest problem is that the policies are not implemented. 
The Academy offers structured modules aimed to develop a critical mass of African leaders who have a perfect grasp of policy development process and practice.

Some of the modules targeted at policy actors at various levels in and outside governments include:

  • The generic five stage model for policy development
  • Special tools in African policy analysis
  • Political economy analysis in policy development  in Africa
  • Value chain analysis for policy development in Africa
  • Cost benefit analysis for in Africa

In addition the academy offers specialised courses on request in the area of Agriculture such as:

  • Agricultural transformation for a modern African society
  • Implementing agricultural subsidies

Sustaining CAADP Momentum into the Next Decade

BEAT is working with AUC/NEPAD on the strategic review of a decade of CAADP, leading into the Sustaining CAADP Momentum initiative already adopted by the AU Summit in January 2013.


Prospective projects include coordinating the internalization and use of the CAADP Results Framework through Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NEPAD Agency) and African Union Commission (AUC). This will be through enhancing planning capacity of stakeholders to ensure strengthened and aligned policy environment at national, regional and continental level; strengthening institutional capacity and skills development; improvements in governance and resolute, decisive accountable leadership and governance. BEAT would also like to intensify this effort up to country level.

Science Agenda

BEAT has provided expert support to FARA in crafting the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa and in developing strategies and activities for its adoption and implementation.