Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI)
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Empowering Sisters to Lead
The Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program, the largest program run by ASEC, has a clear and simple purpose: to provide leadership and technology training to Catholic sisters in Africa.
SLDI Program Structure
Technology & Leadership Workshops
In the SLDI program, sisters complete workshops in technology and leadership over a three-year period:
- Year One: A month-long technology workshop in the Basic Technology or Web Design track
- Year Two: A month-long leadership workshop in either the Administration or Finance track
- Year Three: A month-long leadership workshop in either the Administration or Finance track
Field trips began in 2015 to provide a “hands on” learning experience for sisters. Participants visit an array of model projects and sites, such as:
- Sustainable farms, like Ukweli Home of Hope biogas plant in Kenya and Tenti Green Farm in Nigeria
- Government institutes, like the National Institute of Political and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Nigeria
- Community hospitals, like the Cottolengo Centre for orphaned HIV positive children
- Schools, like Bigwa Sisters’ Seminary School in Tanzania
Some field trips visited projects led by SLDI alumnae. Sisters, instructors, and coordinators all reported high levels of satisfaction with this new addition to the program.
Upon graduation from the program, sisters receive a laptop to assist them in continuing their work at home. Alumnae are expected to mentor at least 3 other sisters and are encouraged to invite their mentees to attend the annual alumnae workshops.
Equipped with a strong foundation of skills, many our SLDI alumnae go on to pursue a college diploma or Bachelor’s degree, some through our HESA program.
ASEC alumnae report mentoring nearly 21,000 individuals, serving over 2.2M+ people. By implementing projects with their new skills, ASEC alumnae report creating an estimated 3,800+ jobs.
SLDI Alumnae and their mentees engage in continuing education and networking through SLDI’s annual alumnae workshops. In these three-day workshops, sisters can:
- learn more about a specific topic or skill area
- share successes and challenges they experience in their work
- discuss emerging issues
- broaden their skills
- network with other alumnae and their mentees.
Housed under ASEC's SLDI program, ICB supports the internal strength and the external service of National Conferences/Associations and congregations in Africa as they strive to positively impact human development. In the ICB program, ASEC recognizes the existing capacity of Institutions of Women Religious and collaborates to strengthen systems and improve the vitality and vibrancy of women religious in Africa (Since 2019). Learn more
Since the program's inception in 2007:
- SLDI has served more than 3,200 sisters through technology and leadership development workshops.
- SLDI alumnae and their mentees have raised over $19.3M+ in grants for their communities.
- The top 3 ministries of sisters served by the SLDI program are teacher, administrator and bursar.
- More than 20% of 2019 SLDI participants report teaching as their ministry (N=661).
- 41% of SLDI participants were trained in administration and 39% in finance from 2007-18 (N=2,524).
- 67% of the sister's projects impact more than one UN Sustainable Development Goal.
For more detailed information about our outcomes, please see our evaluation reports and presentations.
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