MASHAV Thinking Couch sees great potential in home grown solutions for development in Africa

Dudziro Nhengu
Posted April 22, 2015 from Zimbabwe

El Harari, a ‘Thinking Couch’ who is part of the Gold Meir Mount Carmel International Training Centre (MCTC) at Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV) sees lots of ‘conditional’ potential for unlimited growth to the envisioned Agenda 2063 for Africa. Delivering a lecture on Empowering Emotional Thinking and Innovation to thirty participants at the MASHAV – UN Women ESARO’s training workshop on women’s economic empowerment which entered day three today, Harari noted that, “Africa has so much potential to grow as long as it does not try to be like the West.”

According to Harari, Africa still retains the humanity, lucidity and gratefulness that the West has lost, and except for the fear of Ebola, each time he travels to Africa he comes back to Israel a positive man. His admiration of Africa also stems from the fact that African leaders choose to remain principled and unwavering in terms of guarding their identities and positive sovereignty principles despite the pressures from the West. Harari also believes that gender equality should never be an issue but a natural concern, and that while men and women may differ is social and other characteristics, they remain equal and can work together to move Africa and the world in new directions for sustainable peace and security on all fronts, and that everyone is a partner for developmental change.

Harari’s lecture focused on the power of positive thinking, inclusivity and shared power in transforming spaces, and also on thought and focused leadership as the basis for grooming effective followers.

The women’s economic empowerment training at MCTC continues until the 7th of May 2015, and combines a lot of interesting and effective in-class learning methodologies as well as learning and religious excursions around Israel. Participants will get a chance to visit the Centre for International Agricultural Development Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (CINADCO) to learn and share. Agriculture is one of the pillars for economic transformation in Africa. Participants will also benefit from enriching skills development on Branding and Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing for Microenterprises, Gender and Agriculture and Rural Development an Agribusiness in Agriculture Policies and Implementation. During the course of the 3 week training, participants will also cumulatively receive guidance on designing business plans and proposals for presentation to the MASHAV panel. Revai Makanje-Aalbaek, UN Women Deputy Country Representative, Zimbabwe is Guest of Honour at this training.

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Alyssa Rust
Apr 23, 2015
Apr 23, 2015

Dear Chibairo,

As I commented on your other post about this training it sounds like it was a great opportunity to exchange ideas and make some powerful connections. I have to say that El Harari is so right that African leaders have something that is lost in the West. There is still this idea of self-expression and just utter happiness. These characteristics of often lost in the West and in the United States more and more leaders have lost the capability to let go and still use their inner creativity. I have spent the summer of 2012 and the summer of 2013 working with a small NGO in Ghana between finishing up my degree and coming back to the United States I always had such a more positive refreshed view of how to live life in a different way with a different perspective of leadership and how African Leaders remain so positive despite all the challenges that they face. Nothing is taken for granted. I am happy to heard that his lecture was positive and I’m sure sparked some great conversation and dialogue. Thank you again for sharing so much amazing detail about this experience.

Sincerely,  Alyssa Rust 

Dudziro Nhengu
Apr 23, 2015
Apr 23, 2015

Thanks dearest.

Regards,