NEW Africa Leadership Program OverviewThe Network of Women Investing in Africa (NEW Africa) Leadership Program is a multi-stakeholderinitiative to mobilize the next generation of African female leaders (Change Agents) aged 35 and underwho are recognized for their strong commitment to championing social issues and dedication to creatinginnovative, integrated solutions to address challenges spanning Agriculture, Health, Education, Water,Energy, Infrastructure and Technology.In Women’s Hands Multiplier Effects of Investing in Women Research confirms that women reinvest 90% of their incomes in their children and families, and that putting incomes and assets in the hands of women leads to higher investments in food security, health and nutrition, education, and human development. The NEW Africa Leadership Program’s capacity- building framework will focus on agriculture-led development and the role of women in agriculture Above – Mpule speaks with a mother and her cognizant of the fact that 65% of Africa’s population is daughter at Nyangabgwe Hospital in rural, and that over 80% of the rural population, most Francistown, Botswana. Mothers invest of whom are women, depend directly on agriculture for heavily in their children’s health, nutrition their livelihoods. and wellbeing.
With over a decade of experience in convening and partnering with multi-stakeholders to empowerwomen to create multisectoral approaches to pressing social issues, the MPULE Institute and its partnerswill equip NEW Africa Leadership Program Change Agents with leadership skills, tools and capacity-building and training opportunities that will enable Change Agents to strengthen and scale their ownsocial programs and commitments. The NEW Africa Leadership Program is an advocacy and public policy initiative to highlight the vital role of women in development and unlock the potential for economic growth that lies in African women. The goal of this innovative campaign is to increase African women’s representation and participation in global development agenda—leading to more resources and capabilities in their hands, and increased investment in social services and labor- Above – African female leaders who support our work. From left: Joy saving technologies most beneficial to rural Phumaphi, former Minister of Health (Botswana) and former Vice and urban women alike—leading to new President of the World Bank; Graca Machel, former Minister of opportunities and areas of productivity in Education (Mozambique), founder of New Faces New Voices, co- sectors proven to lift women and their founder of The Elders; Lady Gladys Olebile Masire, former First Lady of the Republic of Botswana families from poverty.The Feminization of Poverty African women earn 10% of all incomes & own 1% of all assets on the continent Poverty is Gendered in Africa Gender inequality in access to and control of a wide range of human, economic and social assets and other socio-economic, political and cultural constraints, presents enormous challenges for women to achieve economic empowerment, and constitutes a key dimension of human poverty that results in deprivation in education, health and nutrition. The feminization of poverty means that women and the poor are often one and the same across Africa. Above – Mpule visits a young mother living with HIV/AIDS in Gabane, Botswana. The MPULE Foundation works closely with the Gabane Community Home-Based Care Programme
Although progress has been achieved towards gender equality in African parliaments, notably in Rwandawhere women occupy 52% of parliamentary seats, women continue to be under-represented in moststructures of power and decision-making, and in the public and private sector. This has impactednegatively on their ability to derive full benefit from the economies of their countries and thedemocratization process. Women face two problems in particular: under representation and lowparticipation (compared to men) in formal political, economic and social institutions. The lack ofwomen’s decision-making power in the family and household in particular limits their ability to makechoices to safeguard the health, education and welfare of their childrenWomen and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)The challenge to eradicate poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, reduce childmortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases remains critical forAfrica to achieve inclusive growth and development. Limited education and employment opportunitiesfor women in Africa have reduced annual per capita growth by 0.8%. Had this growth taken place,Africa’s economies would have doubled over the past 30 years. Millennium Development Goal 3 ongender equality is shown to have multiplier effects that advance achievement of the other MDGs, provingthat women’s empowerment is critical to realization of all the Millennium Development Goals.“Promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment and ending violence against women isessential to human development, poverty eradication and economic growth” – Mpule KwelagobeGender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Womens Economic Human Rights Empowerment Political Social Empowerment Empowerment Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) FrameworkThe NEW Africa Leadership Program’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) frameworkwill empower Change Agents to become gender equality and women’s empowerment champions whowill advocate for the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls,promote women’s rights to own and inherit property and have equal access to productive assets andresources, ensure girls and women have access to critical social services such as education andreproductive health services, and increase women’s political participation and access to decision making.
The MPULE Institute will build upon 12 years of extensive experience in global advocacy and publicpolicy to strengthen women’s rights, ensure their voices are heard, increase their participation indevelopment and decision-making roles, which will benefit women and men, and girls and boys equally.Agriculture-Led DevelopmentWomen play an important role in agricultural development across Africa. Women constitute 50% of theagricultural labor force and are responsible for 80% of the food production and 50% of the agriculturaloutput. AGRICULTURE ENERGY WATER EDUCATION HEALTH TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE NEW Africa Leadership Program Capacity Development frameworkAgriculture is an engine of growth and poverty reduction in agriculture-dependent countries in Africawhere it is the main occupation of rural women and the poor, often one and the same. GDP growthgenerated by agriculture is 4 times more effective in reducing poverty than non agricultural growth. Butthe agriculture sector in Africa is underperforming because women, who represent a crucial resource inagriculture and the rural economy through their roles as farmers, laborers and entrepreneurs, face moresevere constraints than men in access to productive resources. Gender increase womens raise overall reducing poverty agricultural equality in yields by productivity by and hunger by agricultural development has potential to 30% 4% 17% Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Closing the Gender Gap for DevelopmentThe NEW Africa Leadership Program will serve as an internetworking platform for Change Agents through aPeer Approach (PA) strategy. The MPULE Institute will engage in comprehensive research on Genderand Development (GAD), create multisectoral programs and agendas for the NEW Africa LeadershipProgram and convene African female political, social and economic thought-leaders from government,private sector corporations, financial and investment banking institutions, research policymaking anddiplomatic mission, multilateral agencies, academic institutions and non-government organizations toengage with Change Agents, provide mentoring and development and further the dialogue and capacityon closing the gender gap for development.Among its goals the program will: Increase Change Agents awareness on Gender and Development dimensions and issues, and approaching social entrepreneurship from a holistic multisectoral integrated systems approach Assist Change Agents in accessing funding, grants, fellowships and collaborative opportunities with stakeholders, including writing winning proposals Increase visibility of Change Agents social initiatives and endeavors by utilizing the program as an advocacy and public policy platform for Change Agents Foster transformative private-public partnerships and innovative multisectoral solutions that allow program Change Agents to achieve scale, efficiency and effectiveness in their social enterprises and investment approaches Change Agents will learn about our partners corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainable development (SD), philanthropic, social investment and sustainability initiatives and identify areas of convergence with their own initiatives African policymakers and gender machineries will disseminate information about international gender instruments and continental gender policies that can strengthen the work of Change Agents The MPULE Institute will provide year round capacity-building sessions through workshops, seminars, and other formal and informal networking sessions and meetings for Change Agents both within and outside their countriesGender MainstreamingThe MPULE Institute will advocate for all stakeholders to engage in gender analysis—which is thesystematic gathering and examination of information—in order to identify, understand and redressinequities between women and men, girls and boys, based on gender roles and gender relations, to reviewtheir existing policies and strategies and ensure greater and better participation by women, and to producegender disaggregated data that reveals the impact of policies and programming on womenMoving forward, Change Agents will be encouraged to make women’s concerns an integral dimension ofthe design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all developmentspheres so that women and men may benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated.African Women’s Decade 2010-2020The NEW Africa Leadership Program is aligned with the Africa Union African Women’s Decade (AWD,2010-2020) on advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE).
Gender and DevelopmentGender policies and action plans guiding and informing the NEW Africa Leadership Program and advocacyand public policy campaign include: The Convention on African Union The Beijing the Elimination of Solemn Platform for Action all forms of Declaration on (BPfA, 1995) and Discrimination Gender Equality in Dakar Platform for against Women Africa (SDGEA, Action (1994) (CEDAW, 1979) 2004) African Union African Union UN Resolution Gender Policy and Protocol on the 1325 on Women, Action Plan (2009) Rights of Women Peace and Security & Maputo in Africa (ACHPR (2000) Declaration (2003) Protocol, 2003)MPULE InstituteThe MPULE Institute is a New York City-based advocacy and public policy think tank that championsagriculture-led development, pro-poor inclusive green growth, gender equality and women’sempowerment, and sustainable development pathways in Africa. We engage in participatory grassrootsresearch to understand development constraints firsthand at the village/district level, and collaborate withinternational stakeholders to advocate for and implement dual bottom-up top-down multisectoral policiesand innovative approaches.MPULE Foundation Since 1999, the MPULE Foundation, our Botswana-based foundation, has partnered with nearly 20 multi-stakeholders including the Government of Botswana, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Harvard AIDS Institute, African Youth Alliance (AYA), Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC), Bristol Myers Squibb’s Secure the Future AIDS Foundation, Botswana Council of Churches (BCC), Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA), Botswana Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (BONEPWA), Coping Center of People Living with HIV/AIDS (COCEPWA), Youth Health Organization (YOHO), the Botswana Council of Women (BCW), and supported the Magic Johnson Foundation, Hale House, God’s Love We Deliver and amFAR AIDS Research. The MPULE Foundation has launched health and empowerment programs in 20 urban and rural Above – Mpule receives the Jonathan areas across Botswana, and in 2001 was recognized with the Jonathan Mann Human Health Rights Award in Mann Human Health Rights Award by the International Association Chicago, USA of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC).
About Mpule K. Kwelagobe Mpule Kwelagobe is the founder and CEO of the MPULE Institute, and President of the Botswana-based MPULE Foundation, which she founded in 1999 to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Botswana. She was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) by the World Economic Forum in 2003, and again as a Young Global Leader (YGL) in 2006. She is one of two people to ever receive the Freedom of the City Key to Gaborone, Botswana (the first is former President, Sir Ketumile Masire). She was also awarded Freedom of the City Keys to Asuncion, Paraguay and Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad. In 2000, she was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations (UNFPA) for Youth and HIV/AIDS. She holds a degree in International Political Economy (IPE) from Columbia University in the City of New York. In 1999, Mpule KwelagobeAbove – Mpule with Her Excellency became the first African woman to win the Miss UniversePresident Joyce Banda of Malawi pageant.