NLEAD - An initiative of NPCC


NLE Action Drivers Network (NLEAD Network)

The NLEAD Network

The National Leadership Engine (NLE) is a project implemented by the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation with a view of building leadership capabilities at all levels among the youth in Mauritius. Leadership is a stepping stone to building effective, accountable, and inclusive communities in which the Mauritian youth has a key role to play.  NLE is based on ‘The Leadership Brand’ for Mauritius which was conceived with the idea of building a reputation for the development of exceptional Mauritian leaders who possess a distinct set of talents in order to effectively meet the expectations of all stakeholders in the socio-economic arena.

As of February 2021, Above 500 youth completed the training with more than 80 community-based projects implemented including 66 Trainers involved out of the 120 Trainers enrolled for the project.  NLE 2020 further trained 50 of these team leaders and empowered them as Co-Trainers on NLE. The Co-Trainers consistently demonstrated the drive and motivation to bring about impactful change at the level of the community mainly through social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

As announced during the NLE2020 Convention, we are now setting up the National Leadership Engine Action Drivers (NLEAD) Network with a view to further develop the leadership capabilities of youth.  The Network will consist of the setting up of NLEAD as an association in ten regions, namely:

  1. Black River
  2. Flacq
  3. Grand Port
  4. Moka
  5. Pamplemousses
  6. Plaines Wilhems (Lower)
  7. Plaines Wilhems (Upper)
  8. Port Louis
  9. Riv du Rempart
  10. Savanne

The diagram below shows the structure of the network:

The purpose of the NLEAD Network is to provide a platform for the participants of NLE to continuously demonstrate their leadership capabilities at the community level through the implementation of projects and inspiring other youth to become leaders in a spirit to keep the engine moving.

The Productivity Committee for Youth Networking

The council of NPCC has approved the setting up of the Productivity Committee for Youth Networking(PCYN).  The committee will be chaired by Mr. Dev Appalswamy and Mrs. Vimi Goorah will act as secretary including two council members of the NPCC.  The PCYN will have regular meetings with the presidents of NLEAD from each region along with the consultant appointed for the project.  The fifteen members will be responsible to provide the status of NLEAD in each region and to advise the council of NPCC regarding policy decisions on youth and productivity.

The role of the PCYN members will be as listed below:

  1. To provide guidance and support to NLEAD Network

  2. To provide training to build the capacity of NLEAD Network members

  3. To facilitate cooperation and collaboration among members of NLEAD Network

  4. To assist in promoting the projects conducted by the members of NLEAD Network and NLEAD from each region on different platforms

  5. To guide NLEAD members to ensure the sustainability of their association through the engagement of NLE participants.

Terms of Reference For NLEAD

The Role of NLEAD Network in each Region will be as follows:

  1. To develop a Leadership Engine (Pipeline of Leadership Among Youth) in their respective region

  2. To support the NLE project for empowerment of Youth through training on Leadership Engine with a practical implementation of at least one project in the community

  3. To further improve and sustain projects implemented during the training

  4. To initiate new projects in collaboration with different stakeholders, namely, NGOs, NLEAD from another District, etc.

  5. To actively participate in the NLEAD Network and implement decisions taken in consensus with other members of the NLEAD Network

It should be noted that NLE Project is any community based or social entrepreneurship projects

 Guidelines for Operations NLEAD
 The following guidelines shall be followed for the setting up and operation of NLEADs:
  1.  The chairman or president or executive committee have to be elected by members through Election

  2. The length of chairmanship/presidentship position will be for a period of 2 years 

  3. The number of mandates for a president will be a maximum number of 3, that is up to  6 years

  4. The age range of members will be 14 to 40 years old.  Members of the executive committee should be 18 years of age or above.

  5. There will be a total of 9 elected executive committee members for each NLEAD and the NLE trainer shall  act as mentor on each committee meeting.  The mentor has no voting power but he/she will have to approve all financial transactions by the NLEAD executive committee.

  6. The entry fee for each NLEAD will be Rs 200 and the yearly subscription fee will be Rs 300.

  7. The elected president from each NLEAD will be called upon to attend PCYN meetings at NPCC.  If not available then the vice president should attend the meeting.

  8. Meetings of PCYN to be held initially every month the initial stage of setting up and subsequently new timetable to be shared

 Roles and Responsibilities of Mentors


The mentor shall be responsible for:

  1. Monitoring the election and act as returning officer for the event

  2. Providing guidance for registration of NLEAD with Registrar of Association

  3. Assisting in Project Write Up.  The mentor may include a mentoring fee not exceeding five percent (5%) of the total project cost.

  4. Approving financial transactions and ensuring that projects are cost-efficient

  5. Assisting in appointment of two independent auditors among  preferably from NLE Participants

  6. Attending executive committee meetings as far as possible to ensure good governance

  7. Resolution of disputes at NLEAD level

 Resolution of Disputes

 All disputes shall be resolved amicably at the level of:

Firstly, NLEAD Regional (with Mentor); 

Secondly, PCYN with the staff of NPCC and  

Finally by the Registrar of Association if required.


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