Participants in the African First Ladies Fellowship Program

First Ladies photo from slide 8

There is a resounding need for increased local leadership in improving health and development services and policies. Many African First Ladies have the will to help lead this charge.

Furthermore, this initiative recognizes the unique potential that first ladies have for influencing positive change. Few individuals are influential at local, national and international levels and across multiple sectors, and yet:

First Ladies can affect change at multiple levels

  • National
  • Local
  • International

First Ladies have improved effectiveness across sectors

  • Public
  • Private enterprise
  • NGOs

First Ladies can play multiple roles

  • Advocate
  • Convener
  • Coordinator
  • Catalyst

RAND is currently working with first ladies to convene national stakeholders with a focus on improved policies and programming in the areas of maternal health, girls' education and more. RAND experts work closely with first ladies to engage key stakeholders, including ministries, senior government officials, local and international NGOs, businesses and faith-based organizations to develop country-specific 'road maps' towards solutions. First ladies' offices are currently collaborating with participating stakeholders to implement and evaluate these plans.

Participating First Ladies

  • HE Ana Paula Dos Santos, Angola
  • HE Chantal Compaore, Burkina Faso
  • HE Chantal Biya, Cameroon
  • HE Adelica Barreto Pires, Cape Verde
  • HE Ida Odinga, Kenya
  • HE Mathato Mosisili, Lesotho
  • HE Maria Da Luz Guebuza, Mozambique
  • HE Penehupifo Pohamba, Namibia
  • HE Hadjia Laraba Tandja, Niger
  • HE Sia Nyama Koroma, Sierra Leone
  • HE Queen Lambikiza, Swaziland
  • HE Salma Kikiwete, Tanzania
  • HE Janet Museveni, Uganda
  • HE Thandiwe Banda, Zambia


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