CSAAE is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to helping young people build great careers, cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurship, become effective leaders and embrace their roles as critical actors in building a better Africa. The Centre pursues its mission through three distinct programs that share the common goal of creating positive social, economic and political change one person at a time. They are:
- A three-year leadership program (ELP) that nurtures future leaders committed to the common good of Africa. Focus is on leadership positions critical to development including political, media, religious, business, educational and judicial leaders. ELP provides leadership trainings that help aspiring leaders acquire the skills and morals necessary to navigate Africa out of poverty and underdevelopment. It also provides academic advising, career guidance and financial support to enable aspiring leaders complete their education while working with them to tackle unmet social needs through social enterprises. Upon completion of ELP at which time they have also graduated from the university, aspiring leaders are inducted into CSAAE’s Network of Effective African Leaders (NEAL), a community of leaders committed to the common good of Africa. Learn more about ELP at https://csaaeinc.org/elp
- A career building and entrepreneurship program (CBEP) that helps young people get the education they need, land dream jobs or build profitable businesses and contribute to African development. CBEP designs and implements initiatives that: link students to their choice courses, universities, fellowships, internships and scholarships; help job seekers find and retain jobs; help young people initiate and grow sustainable business enterprises. Click https://csaaeinc.org/cbep to learn more about CBEP.
- An ethics and anti-corruption program (YEAP) that raises the consciousness of youths to the importance of good governance, rule of law and respect for human rights while working with them to fight corruption hindering development in Africa. YEAP designs and implements interventions that challenge young people to identify and seek lasting solutions to corrupt practices in Africa; promote good governance, respect for human rights, rule of law and accountability. Follow https://csaaeinc.org/yeap for more on YEAP.
The Founder of CSAAE, Dr. Godswill Uchenna Agbagwa – an academic, socialpreneur, youth animator and a Catholic Priest – grew up in Nigeria. While studying abroad as a graduate student, he was struck by the contrasts he saw between the levels of poverty and underdevelopment in Africa compared to the Western countries he visited. Those experiences became the genesis of CSAAE, its programs, and the five core values at the foundation of his work namely:
Accountability: Accepting responsibility for one’s activities and in a transparent manner.
Solidarity: A commitment to the common good.
Integrity: Being honest and fair.
Creativity: Thinking and actualizing new ideas.
Punctuality: Being prompt and following through on commitment
CSAAE was registered in Nigeria as a non-profit in 2010 but commenced operations in 2013. CSAAE was also registered in the United States as a non-profit in 2013. The Centre carries out its operations in Africa from its office in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria with technical support from its head office in Maryland, U.S.A.