Years of ineffective leadership, corruption, poor entrepreneurial spirit and lack of commitment to common good have led to massive poverty and underdevelopment in Africa. In order for Africa to make progress and ensure that its people enjoy a better quality of life, the continent needs a new generation of leaders and workforce who can fast-track development and end poverty in Africa. With youth comprising 62 percent of the population, much of the hope for Africa’s future lies in its young people.
Launched in 2013, the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics (CSAAE) is dedicated to harnessing the potential of young people and helping them build the capacities, competencies and character necessary to sustain themselves, create opportunities that help others sustain themselves and embrace their roles as critical actors in building a better Africa. The Centre pursues its mission by designing and implementing programs that channel young people into activities that develop effective leaders, cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurship and, promote a culture of integrity.
CSAAE’s three-year Emerging African Leaders Program (ELP) prepares youths for leadership positions critical to development including political, media, religious, business, educational and judicial leadership. 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.
The Career Building and Entrepreneurship Program (CBEP) designs and implements innovative interventions that allow young people land dream jobs, initiate enterprises in areas of market demand or get the education they need and contribute to the socioeconomic development of Africa. CBEP designs and implements interventions to: 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.
The Youth Ethics and Anti-Corruption Program (YEAP) raises the consciousness of young people to the importance of good governance, rule of law, respect for human rights and accountability while teaching them how to identify, resist and 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.
Though distinct in their areas of focus, our programs share the common goal of creating positive social, economic and political change one person at a time.
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
Where We Are in the World
- CSAAE is registered in Nigeria as a non-profit with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
- CSAAE is also registered in the United States as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- CSAAE is in the process of being registered in other African countries.
- CSAAE is registered as campus-based organization in 25 tertiary institutions in Africa.
- CSAAE’s programs are implemented from the Centre’s office in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria with planning support from its international office in the United States.