Online Leadership Certificate Program

Developed by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), this interactive online professional development program will equip learners with practical leadership skills and connect learners with leading experts from Africa and Canada in the field of Public Administration, Public Policy and Public Finance.

This program is offered to all ALT alumni as well as select members of AAPAM’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) and Le Programme canadien de bourses de la Francophonie (PCBF)

English program opens: June 1 to September 28, 2021; All webinars are delivered on Tuesdays*.

French program opens: June 2 to September 29, 2021; All webinars are delivered on Wednesdays*.

*Webinars are delivered at 3:00 pm East Africa Time. Please check this time against your local time zone.


16 weeks, webinars delivered online in both English or French*

*ALT Scholars who do not have access to fast reliable internet may apply to the ALT Scholars Internet Connectivity Bursary. See details below.

Time Commitment

One 1.5-hour webinar each week with supplementary readings and assignments to be completed at your own pace


Flexible learning with live and recorded webinars

Certificate of Participation

from IPAC and AAPM on completion

Registration Fee

No cost for ALT scholars and select YPN and PCBF learners

ALT Scholars Internet Connectivity Bursary

We know that access to fast, reliable Internet is vital to alumni of the African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) in participating in the online Leadership Certificate Program and other initiatives under the ALT 2021 Extension Projects. Participation from all ALT alumni to reconnect online with fellow scholars, network and further develop skills in leadership is a critical measure of the program’s success.

About the Bursary

ALT alumni may qualify for funding to help pay for internet connectivity costs from June to the end of September 2021 to participate in the online Leadership Certificate Program and other initiatives. This bursary is a needs-based bursary specifically for alumni who do not have adequate internet connectivity to participate in the program. The funding is not intended to cover the costs of technology equipment.

The bursary amounts will vary depending on the need required over four months and will be conditional on full participation in the online Leadership Certificate Program. Bursary funds will be disbursed in two instalments, the first at the end of July and the last at the end of the program in September, conditional on participation in the program. To request the two reimbursements, alumni will submit an ALT Reimbursement form with the related receipts. Reimbursements will be done via e-transfers; consequently banking information will be required.

Eligibility Requirements
  • This bursary is ONLY available to alumni of the African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) program.
  • Alumni must be enrolled in the online Leadership Certificate Program and fully participate in the program from June to September 2021.
  • Alumni must self-identify as requiring financial support for Internet connectivity to participate in the program fully.
How to Apply

ALT alumni can submit requests for this bursary through this online form.

If the fillable form does not open or submit properly, or there are questions, please contact Catherine Wilde by email at or by phone at 1-613-237-4820 extension 257.

Program Themes

Over the course of this program, participants will work through the following sessions:

  • Leadership essentials
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Transformational leadership
  • Leading in times of crisis
  • Leadership in the context of Agenda 2063 and SDGs 2030
Participants will:
  1. Develop a solid understanding of the most recent theories and practices in leadership in the public sector.
  2. Understand the impact of diversity in organizations and learn approaches to developing innovation-fostering inclusive teams.
  3. Acquire a variety of strategies for leading and inspiring teams, motivating others and resolving conflicts.
  4. Learn techniques and approaches designed for managing and leading during a crisis.
  5. Understand the fundamentals of leadership and inclusive leadership.
  6. Explore traits of a transformational leader.
  7. Learn about Sustainable Public Finance Management (PFM)
  8. Identify solutions and the application of solutions through an analysis of case studies and best practices.
The benefits to participants:
  • Engage through live webinars with experts and peers online.
  • Expand network opportunities with peers leading in their organisations.
  • Build on professional experience and prior education.
  • Receive AAPAM and IPAC Certificate of Participation

Module Breakdown

Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during program development.

Leadership Essentials
  • June 1 – Lecture: Leadership Theories, key attributes of successful leaders
  • June 8 – Lecture: Communicating with teams, integrity, accountability and professionalism
  • June 15 – Workshop: Building and leading teams
  • June 22 – Workshop: Stress management, mindfulness
Inclusive Leadership
  • June 29 – Lecture: Gender and diversity
  • July 6 – Lecture: Youth and Leadership for Africa
  • July 13 – Workshop: Building space for diverse voices
  • July 20 – Workshop: Equity, diversity and inclusion in practice
Transformational Leadership
  • July 27 – Lecture: Vision and Leadership
  • Aug 3 – Lecture: Leveraging innovation, technology and opportunity
  • Aug 10 – Workshop: Coaching and Mentoring Teams
  • Aug 17 – Workshop: Homegrown solutions for Africa’s Challenges
Crisis Leadership
  • Sept 7 – Lecture: Managing a Crisis
  • Sept 14 – Lecture: Leadership and Change
  • Sept 21 – Workshop: COVID and Health care
  • Sept 28 – Workshop: Natural disasters and sustainability

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Registration for the electronic platform of the certificate program will be shared with ALT alumni by email.

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This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada and the Mastercard Foundation.


The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) manages the ALT Scholarship Program in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and in collaboration with the African Association of Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA).

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