The Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA) was launched in 2006. It is a joint venture of the Aspen Institute, Databank Foundation, and LEAP Africa. Along with the other ALI Fellowships, ALIWA was one of the first set of Fellowships founded under the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The Aspen Institute provides intellectual & philosophical content; LEAP Africa and Databank Foundation served largely as facilitators, working with local partners to plan, fund, and administer the Fellowship Programme until a dedicated Secretariat was set up. ALIWA is guided by the belief that successful people – Fellows, networked and with insight will become significant influencers in our society and economy.
ALIWA currently has presence in 2 countries, Nigeria and Ghana, with a total population of 94 Fellows as at 2020 from both countries who have gone through five (5) cohorts of the Fellowship seminars. 39 of the Fellows are Nigerian, while 55 Fellows are Ghanaian. The five classes to date are the Inaugural Class (2002), Totum Bonum (2006), Sankofa (2009), Muje Ghanjeria (2011) and Karfi Kuo (2017). Industries and sectors represented in general include Civil Society, Government, Business, Media, the Arts, Banking, Health, Legal, Education, and others.