This is one of the most recent initiatives included on CODESRIA’s Special Programmes agenda. With the support of the Carnegie Endowment Fund, this project has been established to reflect on leadership issues in African universities and institutions particularly those in East and Southern Africa. Various activities planned under this new programme have already been set in motion. With regard to the Research Programme, several research groups have been set up and studying higher education issues over the past year: two Comparative Research Networks and two National Working Groups. The former are concerned with: Management and Governance Reforms in East African Universities and Challenges for Nurturing and Sustaining Academic Leadership, coordinated by Dr. Ibrahim Oanda Ogachi of Kenyatta University and Governance Models and the Quality of Leadership in African Universities, coordinated by Dr. Joseph Oonyu of Makerere University. The latter address the following topics: Strengthening Higher Education Leadership in Africa: A Study of Ghana’s Status, coordinated by Dr. John Gasu of the University for Development Studies in Ghana and Strengthening Democratic Governance Through Enhanced Participation by Student Leadership: a Needs Assessment for Capacity Building of Student Leadership in Kenya coordinated by Dr. Munyae Mulinge of the United States International University (USIU) in Kenya.