Ten years ago, Development Associates International (DAI) launched a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) in Democratic Republic of Congo, India and Uganda. Before the first 80 students found their seats in their respective classrooms, 18 subject experts from around the world spent hundreds of hours writing biblically-based curriculum that DAI hoped would be both practical and transformational.
DAI designed the MAOL and each course by first listening to leaders of the Majority World and then tailoring the education to the issues they face, their working schedule, their desire for practical application and their need to develop critical and creative thinking skills.
IN JUST TEN YEARS, DEMAND GREW THIS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FROM 3 COUNTRIES TO 17; FROM 3 UNIVERSITIES TO 19; FROM 80 CURRENT STUDENTS TO OVER 1,000. WE ARE CELEBRATING!
As part of the 10 year ‘birthday’ celebration, we want to give you a party favor: a sample of the MAOL workbook for the course Leadership: Making Human Strength Productive. This excerpt takes you through lectures and reflection questions unlocking your leadership abilities and discovering a biblical view of power.
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AS YOU ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT JESUS’ LEADERSHIP PRACTICES, WOULD YOU CONSIDER GIVING A LEADER IN AFRICA OR ASIA THIS SAME OPPORTUNITY? LEADERS LIKE DR. SONGA AND EVA MULEMA.
Dr. Raj Kumar Songa, a student in India, says the MAOL was, “…nothing short of a miracle for me.” Dr. Songa was promoted to be the Director of Center for Migration Medicine for the US Consulate and the Australian, British and Canadian High Commissions. He shares further, “I had not applied for a single one of my promotions…I found it overwhelming as a physician skilled in patient care to be thrust into a role requiring a totally different framework of thinking, wisdom, and skill set. My inadequacy was starkly evident in the context of management. Then along came DAI with its robust course – which seemed to be tailor made for my needs. It is amazingly timely! With DAI I’m ‘required’ to craft, execute, and evaluate program strategy. WITHOUT THESE SKILLS I WOULD NOT BE SUCCEEDING!”
The MAOL is about transformed leaders transforming their communities. Eva Mulema, who is the Chief of Party for USAID Governance Accountability Participation and an MAOL graduate in Uganda, says the program both changed her and has great potential to transform communities. Eva explains, “We work in an area where there is a lot of cynicism and corruption…We kept saying how [the MAOL] is so good. IF ALL THE LEADERS COULD HAVE THIS, IT WOULD REALLY TRANSFORM THE COMMUNITIES WE LEAD.”
Eva shares more in a video located at www.daintl.org/birthday.
Thank you for joining with us to celebrate the growth and the success of the MAOL, as well as the transformed leadership of Dr. Songa and Eva and many others.
WOULD YOU HELP DAI EQUIP ANOTHER 1,000 LEADERS TO TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES?