Policy Analysis Skills Development

…providing training for policy analysis skills development, Fellowships for enhancing expertise, and workshops to respond to short-term training needs

Fellowships for enhancing expertise

While there are an increasing number of recent African graduates from Master's level education programmes in trade and investment law and economics, the opportunities to deploy this advanced training in an immediately practical and hands-on manner are often limited. ILEAP's Fellowship programme exposes such graduates to the complex and challenging work associated with trade negotiations as well as policy and regulatory reforms, while at the same time providing them accessible backstopping support and mentoring through ILEAP and its network of Advisors.

The Fellowship programme has to-date been a focal element of ILEAP's capacity building activities, placing Fellows in positions at the multilateral or regional level since 2004. Multilaterally, Fellows are commonly placed in Geneva, where they provide much-needed assistance to the African, LDC and ACP Groups (as well as the African Mission in which they are based). Regionally, Fellows have been placed in either a Regional Economic Community (RECs) – e.g. the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions, or private sector partner organisations (e.g. the East African Business Council (EABC).

Exposing the Fellows to more intensive demands and senior-level decision-making processes not only enables the enhancement of their own skills, but also bolsters the capacity of those bodies in which they work. With the high volume of interaction with ILEAP, Fellows are also exposed to ILEAP's network of Advisors, over time becoming active members of the network themselves.