• Develop yourself, grow your team,

    scale your company.

    An inspiring, engaging and transformational learning program that creates impact.

  • About Amani Institute

    We design and deliver inspiring, engaging, and transformational learning programs.

    What we do

    • We are a social enterprise based in Kenya and Brazil, focused on developing professionals who create social impact.
    • Our core expertise is designing and delivering inspiring, engaging, and transformational learning programs that help individuals build the skills and networks to move to the next phase of their careers and create positive impact.
    • We specialize in developing programs for foundations, universities, NGOs, and companies. To date, we have served 40 odd clients including Vodafone, American Express, UNICEF, Oxfam, and the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
    • All our training programs focus on the four core skill sets most demanded by employers in the 21st century:
      • Leadership
      • Entrepreneurship & Management
      • Creativity & Problem-Solving
      • Communication
    • If you want to learn more about what we do, you can find more information here.
  • About the Program

    You will create impact for your team and your organisation.

    What?

    The "Amani Leadership and Management for Impact" Program is a 5-month, modular, training & development program to build business and leadership skills in managers across East Africa. The program aims to develop mindsets, skills, and knowledge required to create positive impact across three levels: self, team, organisation.

     

    It is an inspiring and highly engaging learning program combining classroom-based courses, business application, online learning, as well as a strong emphasis on networking and peer support.

    Who is it for?

    Senior and middle managers in small and growing businesses (SGBs)

    Locations

    Kenya | Uganda | Tanzania | Ethiopia

    When

    The next program is starting in February 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Program Schedule

    Cohort 4

    • Module 1 Leading Self: February 9th - 10th
    • Module 2 Leading Others: Part 1: March 2nd - 3rd
    • Module 3 Leading the Business - Part 2: April 6th - 7th
    • Module 4 Leading the Business - May 11th - 12th
    • Module 5 –Impact Showcase: 30th June
     
    All class dates above will be on Friday and/or Saturday in 2018.

    Why this program?

    Small and growing businesses (SGBs) are global engines of shared prosperity: they drive growth, promote sustainability, and support equity around the world.

     

    However, unlike many medium-sized companies, SGBs often lack access to the financial and knowledge resources required for growth. Further, many SGBs are faced with a "Talent Challenge", a finding that also gets highlighted in the ANDE Impact Report: “Once SGBs have reached a certain size and maturity, often their biggest challenge is building a team that is able to manage their next step to scale. Recruiting the right candidates, developing current staff, and retaining the team are all key challenges.“ 

     

    Further, as another report Education for the 22nd Century points out, there are gaps consisting of soft skills such as determination and decision-making, communication skills, leadership and management, entrepreneurial and critical thinking, and the ability to work in a team.

     

    Amani Institute developed this program to address this challenge by focusing on leadership and management skills for middle and senior managers, with the aim to develop the skills necessary to manage SGBs both in the present and in a rapidly changing future world.

     

    We want to provide an effective and affordable leadership development solution for SGBs which:

    • Builds individual leadership & innovation management capacity
    • Leads to increased talent retention and employee engagement
    • Results in positive business outcomes
    The ALMI program is sponsored by the Argidius Foundation and further supported by the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).
  • Benefits

    The program is designed for the success of both the participant as well as the employer.

    Program Participant Benefits

    Developing skills and networks that take you to the next level.

     

    As a program participant you will:

    • Gain essential business and leadership skills (see below for the types of skills you will gain)
    • Take advantage of a highly interactive, hands-on curriculum that is designed to help you transfer the skills to your day-to-day job.
    • Implement a business innovation project that will create value for your organisation and be a practical learning experience for you.
    • Develop an ongoing peer network across East Africa.

    Employer Benefits

    Having skilled managers who can take your business to the next level.

     

    As an employer you can expect:

    • Positive business results due to your staff having acquired the necessary business and leadership skills to grow the organisation.
    • A solution to retention challenges through having more engaged employees.
    • A talent development option that would otherwise be difficult to afford.
    • Demonstrated proof of your commitment to talent development, which can attract new talent into your company.
    • A local option to acquire best practices from the cutting-edge of leadership and management thinking globally.
  • Curriculum

    A curriculum that focuses on building practical skills one needs to succeed.

    Objectives

    The program has two core objectives:

    1. Developing and retaining managerial talent in the organisation
    2. Preparing a strong cadre of next generation leaders equipped to scale the business

    Three core pillars

    The program aims to develop mindsets, skills, and knowledge required to create positive impact across three levels: self, team, organisation. This is reflected on the tree pillars of the program

    1. Leading self: Who I am I as a leader? What is my leadership style? What are my strengths?
    2. Leading others: How do I create an environment where people can thrive?
    3. Leading the business:  How does my organisation create value? How can I best solve problems? How do I help scale my organisation?
  • Structure

    This 5-month intensive training & development program comprised of the following elements:

    5 core classroom modules

    Build skills and expertise

     

    The classroom modules cover essential skills for middle and senior managers: strategy, design thinking, communication, problem-solving, decision making, people management, presentation skills, coaching, etc.

     

    These skills will be developed during five 2-day workshops that are scheduled over the five months of the program. All classes will be highly experiential and hands-on. The focus will be on practical exercises and working in diverse teams; there will be a minimum of lectures and presentations. In addition to the faculty, there will also be guest speakers who are leading experts in the industry.

     

    A business innovation project

    Apply what was learnt

    The business innovation project is an innovation or business improvement project that program participants implement in their organisations. The goal of the project is to apply what was learnt in class while simultaneously generating value for the organisation.

    A series of optional or “elective” modules

    Continuous learning and network building

    Not everyone has the same development needs or interests. Through these elective modules, each participant can build their skills further through a series of optional evening classes structured around the three main pillars of the program: leading self, leading others, leading the business. Those evening classes can be attended even finishing the program to enable lifelong learning. The list of optional modules will be announced at the beginning of each program.

  • Elective Courses

    Apply for our upcoming elective course

    Financial Management

    Professional Skills Course

    In the course, we will look at the basics of accounting and financial statements to help you to better understand your organization and how it runs. This is a course for managers who want who want to learn more about finance, but don't necessarily have a financial background.

     

    Through the training, we will get to:

    • Demystify accounting and finance
    • Introduce the basic terminologies and concepts of accounting
    • Highlight basic accounting solutions for you to focus on your growth
  • Who should participate

    The program is targeting middle and senior managers of small and growing businesses across East Africa. We are not targeting founders or CEOs, but their (extended) leadership team as well as any high potential management talent in the organisation. The program is open to organisations in all industries.

    Organisation Profile

    Target Organisation Profile

    If you can answer the majority of the questions below with yes, then this program is definitely suited for your organisation.

    • Are you a commercially viable business with 5 to 250 employees?
    • Does your company currently have 3 or more managers?
    • Does your organization have the ambition and the potential to expand significantly within the next 1-3 years?
    • Do you believe that investing in your managers is a key success factor to scale your business?

    Employer commitment

    • Allow participant to attend all 5 core modules in person. (9 classroom days spread across 5 months; 50% of which are on Saturdays).
    • Offer support, feedback and guidance, particularly around the implementation of the business innovation project.
    • Participate in program evaluation surveys.

    Participant Profile

    Eligibility

    Every middle and senior manager who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply for the program:

    • You work for a small and growing enterprise (SGB) based in East Africa.
    • You have either people management responsibilities and/or are responsible for a client portfolio.
    • You have strong motivation to learn and develop yourself further and take your organisation to the next level.
    • You have the approval to attend the program from your line manager or leadership team.

    Participant commitment

    • Attend all the 5 core modules in person. (9 classroom-days spread across 5 months; 50% of which are on Saturdays)
    • Share and apply your learnings internally within your organisation.
    • Implement a business innovation project in the organisation.
    • Be an active member of the ALMI learning community across East Africa.
  • What makes this program unique

    We let the results speak for themselves.

    1. Focusing on Business Outcomes

    The program aims at facilitating improved business outcomes, not just learning outcomes.

    A strong emphasis on improving performance of the participants.

    2. Delivering for Application

    Because learning only creates value when it is applied, our solution is designed to facilitate on-the-job application.

    Our methodologies are focused on experiential learning and hands-on experiences.

    3. Emphasizing Learning Transfer

    The program has processes in place to actively encourage and manage the on-the-job application process as opposed to leaving it to chance and individual initiative.

    4. Combining Expertise, Experience & Insight

    It is comprised of the three Amani Institute interlocking pillars of building professional expertise, on-the-job experience as well as personal leadership development.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    PROGRAM QUESTIONS

    1. How do I know this program is for me?

    As an organisation, If you can answer the majority of the questions below with yes, then this program is definitely suited for your organisation.

    • Are you a commercially viable business with 5 to 250 employees?
    • Does your company currently have 3 or more managers?
    • Does your organization have the ambition and the potential to expand significantly within the next 1-3 years?
    • Do you believe that investing in your managers is a key success factor to scale your business?

    Every middle and senior manager who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply and participate in the program:

    • You work for a small and growing enterprise (SGB) based in East Africa.
    • You have either people management responsibilities and/or are responsible for a client portfolio.
    • You have strong motivation to learn and develop yourself further and take your organisation to the next level.
    • You have the approval to attend the program from your line manager or leadership team.

    2. Why is the program 5 months?

    The ALMI program has 5 core modules. The classroom modules cover essential skills for middle and senior managers: strategy, design thinking, communication, problem-solving, decision making, people management, presentation skills, coaching, etc.
     
    These skills will be developed during five 2-day workshops that are scheduled over the five months of the program. All classes will be highly experiential and hands-on. The focus will be on practical exercises and working in diverse teams; there will be a minimum of lectures and presentations. In addition to the faculty, there will also be guest speakers who are leading experts in the industry.

     

    3. What is the value of participating in the program?

    As a participant, you will develop skills and networks that take you to the next level.
    Through the program you will be able to:

    • Gain essential business and leadership skills (see below for the types of skills you will gain)
    • Take advantage of a highly interactive, hands-on curriculum that is designed to help you transfer the skills to your day-to-day job.
    • Implement a business innovation project that will create value for your organisation and be a practical learning experience for you.
    • Develop an ongoing peer network across East Africa.

    4. What is the value of participating in the program as an employer?

    As an employer, you will have skilled managers who can take your business to the next level.
    Through the program you can expect:

    • Positive business results due to your staff having acquired the necessary business and leadership skills to grow the organisation.
    • A solution to retention challenges through having more engaged employees.
    • A talent development option that would otherwise be difficult to afford.
    • Demonstrated proof of your commitment to talent development, which can attract new talent into your company.
    • A local option to acquire best practices from the cutting-edge of leadership and management thinking globally.
    5. What type of weekly commitment or intensity can I expect from the program?

    You can expect to fully immerse yourself in an exciting and challenging learning process. There are a total of 9 classroom-days spread across 5 months; 50% of which are on Saturdays. Therefore the expected time dedication is of approx. 16 hours a month in a flexible format.

     

    6. What are elective courses? 

    The elective courses are optional evening classes that are open to both participants and people outside of the core program. Since not everyone has the same development needs or interests, these elective modules aim at building professional skills further and are structured around the three main pillars of the program: leading self, leading others, leading the business.

     

    7. Who will be my classmates?

    Our methodology and approach, and therefore our selection process, is designed for diversity - the program is open to organisations in all industries. Our first ALMI class featured people from 6 different industries, ages ranging from 25 - 45.

     

    8. Are there any exams?

    We don’t believe in grades but in action – there is no traditional final exam but a final presentation of a business innovation project which you will be working on within your organization over the duration of the program.

     

    9. How does the application process work?

    All potential participants need to be nominated by their organisation first.

     

    The nomination form can be found here. Upon receiving the nomination form, we will then send you further instructions on how your employees can apply. You can see a detailed overview of the application process on our application section.

    2. LOGISTIC QUESTIONS

    1. Where will the classes be taking place?

    For the program in Nairobi, all sessions are held at the Amani Institute office in Lavington.

     

    2. Is the program only available in Nairobi?

    The ALMI program was launched in April 2017 in Nairobi however, we are set to launch the program in Uganda and Ethiopia over time.

     

    3. I live outside of Nairobi but want to participate, is it possible?

    Yes, it is. How the program is structured, classes only take place two times in a month on a Friday and Saturday, therefore you will be able to travel to and from Nairobi in due time.

    3. FINANCIAL QUESTIONS

    1. What is the program cost and what does it cover?

    The program fee for participating organisations is 890 USD (VAT exclusive) per person. Discounts are available for organisations sending multiple employees.

     

    It is worth noting that the cost of the program at market rates is approximately USD 5,000 or KES 500'000.

     

    2. What does the cost cover?

    You can see a detailed overview of all the things that are included in the program cost on our program fee section.

  • Participant Experience

    Participants share their experience in the program

  • Program Fee 

    Find out the value of the fee you will pay for the program

    Program Fee

    The program fee for participating organisations is 890 USD (VAT exclusive) per person. Discounts are available for organisations sending multiple employees.

     

    It is worth noting that the cost of the program at market rates is approximately USD 5,000 or KES 500'000.

     

    The ALMI initiative is partially sponsored by the Argidius Foundation, which allows us to provide a 80% discount to all participating organisations.

     

    The program fee includes:

    • Lunches, coffee breaks and snacks provided during the five classroom modules.
    • Meals, transportation, and accommodation for the offsite as part of module 1.
    • All program materials required to participate in the program.

    The program fee does not include:

    • Lodging in Nairobi during the classroom modules.
    • Local transport to and from the Amani Institute.

    Payment & Cancellation

    Payment details will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

  • Application

    Nominate your top managers today!

    Application Process

    All potential participants need to be nominated by their organisation first.

     

    The nomination form can be found here. Upon receiving the nomination form, we will then send you further instructions on how your employees can apply.

     

    If you are an employee and would like to participate, please contact us via email.

     

    Admission to the Amani Leadership and Management for Impact (ALMI) Program is selection based. All completed applications will be assessed based on the program’s criteria for admission. (see section on eligibility above)

     

    The participant application takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. It requires personal and professional information. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend that you apply early.

     

     

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