African Intergenerational Leadership Hub (AIGLH)

The African Intergenerational Leadership Hub (AIGLH) aims to build intergenerational leadership capacity in the environmental sustainability and conservation arena. More particularly, it seeks to build leaders for the conservation sector of Africa who are able to work across the boundaries of generation, discipline and sector, with diverse stakeholders, elevating conservation as a key economic driver, for the benefit of all. AIGLH leadership programmes are focussed in Southern and East African conservation institutions and communities.

AIGLH brings together senior and young professionals from conservation institutions and senior and young community leaders. This intergenerational leadership framework encourages understanding, collaboration and cooperation across the generations to address challenges and make joint decisions. The model breaks down barriers between generations, facilitates the mentoring of future leaders by the senior leaders, whilst building a consultative decision-making approach.

The AIGLH is a collaborative initiative between the Southern African Wildlife College, the Environmental Sustainability Agency and Common Purpose. It builds a powerful synergy between the extensive African conservation networks and knowledge of the Southern African Wildlife College, the community knowledge and networks of the Environmental Sustainability Agency and the global leadership development expertise of Common Purpose.


AIGLH leadership development programmes

The AIGLH presents two intergenerational leadership programmes:

A programme offering leadership development for leaders who are formally in the conservation sector.

The programme brings together a diverse group of 30 conservation leaders from multiple conservation institutions across Southern and Eastern Africa, to undertake a 3-month leadership programme together. The cohort will be intergenerational, comprising one senior and one young leader (under the age of 35) from every participating institution. It follows a blended learning approach, using the strengths of both online and face-to-face learning in a four-stage learning journey.

Next programme

Accelerator:                            from 1 July 2020 – online

Leadership Foundations:     6 – 9 October 2020 – Johannesburg

Embedding:                             12 October 2020  – 4 December 2020 – online

Translate:                                9 – 10 December 2020 – Southern African Wildlife College, near Orpen Gate, Kruger Park

How does it work?

  • Accelerator: In this first module, delivered online, both generations of participants “meet” each other and are introduced to some of the basic concepts of Leading Beyond Authority and Cultural Intelligence.
  • Leadership Foundations: This is a four day face-to-face module, which builds on the basics acquired in the Accelerator and stretches the participants thinking about leadership. It does so through a variety of exercises and immersive experiences which take the participants into face-to-face contact with impressive leader role models and their organisations. This module will take place in Johannesburg and participants will have access to a wide diversity of leaders from different types of organisations. This module includes intra-generational and inter-generational coaching. This module culminates in candidates selecting practical challenges in their workplaces on which they will begin to try out their new skills.
  • Embedding: This is the phase in which the participants work to integrate their new thinking and skills into their workplace and life practice. The inter- and intra-generational peer coaching groups continue to provide a support structure during this period of experimentation and learning.
  • Translate: This is the final face-to-face module, held over two days. It focuses on sharing the learning from the Embedding period, and building collaborative skills, through a Collaboration Laboratory. The module concludes with the development of a strong personal growth plan ahead.
A programme offering intergenerational leadership development for leaders in particular, targeted, rural communities.

The Community Leaders Programme is an intergenerational leadership programme that develops senior and young leaders from a particular rural community. The programme seeks to break down barriers between generations and facilitate mentoring of future leaders by the senior leadership, whilst building on a consultative decision-making approach. It seeks to create a collaborative leadership environment in which community landowners and youth contribute to innovative solutions to the current and future economic and conservation challenges of that community.  The programme brings together a group of 30 leaders from the community – 15 senior leaders and 15 young leaders (who are under the age of 35).

How does it work?

The programme comprises three face-to face modules, each of which is two full days in duration:

  • Leadership Foundations: This module introduces the concepts of leadership to the group. The programme comprise a series of exercises which promote discussion around leadership and an introduction of the notions of Leading Beyond Authority(LBA) and Cultural Intelligence (CQ) , with exercises to assist in internalising these concepts, and engagement with an appropriate external leaders whose own stories offer rich leadership learning.
  • Leadership Building: This module build practical leadership skills, using the foundational concepts of CQ and LBA from the first module. It focuses on collaboration, using a Collaboration Laboratory as the teaching tool. This comprises a simulation exercise in which the group is presented with a real-world community challenge and, with the help of representatives of relevant local institutions, they role-play leadership within those organisations’, working together to find solutions to the challenge. This module includes a range of external stakeholders as participants, adding significantly to the depth of the learning.
  • Leadership Embedding: This module allow the participants to work through their leadership learnings and wrestle with the personal changes and shifts in behaviour required to adapt to and adopt the new practices. It includes engagement with external leaders who will share key leadership insights and use peer coaching mechanisms to assist with the embedding of the leadership learning.


The current programme is being delivered in Mayibuye, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, in the first quarter of 2020.

The next programme takes place in Mnisi, Mpumalanga, South Africa, in the second quarter of 2020.

Why take part in the programmes of the AIGLH?

To become a leader who:

  • is able to be ‘present’, connected emotionally, and have the courage to lead beyond authority;
  • address issues using innovative, ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, drawing on intergenerational inputs, to address conservation challenges in collaboration with communities;
  • is able to work across the boundaries of discipline and sector, with diverse stakeholders, elevating conservation as a key economic driver; and
  • is engaged at all levels in decision-making to collectively solve issues and be able to lead complex change.

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