The ALU Foundation is the first of its kind on the continent, dedicated to teaching the next generation of world class conservation leaders in Africa.

The continent needs home grown African leaders to spearhead new and innovative approaches in the business of conservation. The approach of the school is unique, teaching much needed business and leadership skills and exposing students to real-world experience, to ensure economic development and long term sustainability of our animals, our land, and our communities.

The school identifies, educates and connects these leaders to existing conservationists across the continent through our undergraduate degree in Conservation, our graduate Conservation MBA program, and our executive education courses.

As a result of this school, 100% of the 3 million African leaders ALU will produce by 2060 will be exposed to the basics of conservation education, with the expectation that a significant subset of these leaders will focus on conservation as their life’s mission and ultimately engage in conservation efforts on the continent. This will ensure that the most talented and influential African leaders of the future will all understand the vital importance of conserving Africa’s wildlife. In addition, thousands of professionals who are currently engaged in conservation efforts will be upskilled through short courses and executive education to become more effective and ethical stewards of wildlife. Particular emphasis will be given to how conservation can economically benefit African communities, thereby providing a powerful incentive to conserve one of Africa’s most precious assets, our wildlife and their habitats.

Launched in late 2016, the first 10 conservation professionals started their MBA program through the The ALU Foundation in Kigali in July 2017. Since then, 300 undergraduates from across Africa have joined the ALU campus in Rwanda and are going through a basic course in conservation — 22 of these students have been awarded full scholarships enabling them become the next generation of conservation leaders. Over 40 top African conservationists have already agreed to serve as guest lecturers in the school.

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Empowers Africa has partnered with The ALU Foundation in order to provide a cost-effective solution to fundraising in the United States by acting as their fiscal sponsor. Any donations made here will be granted to The ALU Foundation.

The ALU Foundation Campaigns

Executive Education

Courses designed to improve effectiveness of conservation leaders by building on and complementing their technical skills.

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Undergraduate Degree in Conservation

Bachelors Degree in Global Challenges (Conservation)

BA Degree in Global Challenges with a concentration in Wildlife Conservation

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MBA for Conservation Leaders

Designed to develop management, leadership and advocacy skills of senior practitioners for African conservation

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