Each Research Associate at each of the ten countries selected for the phase I project identified local informants, academics, contemporaries of the Presidents, family members, friends and foes. In depth interviews were conducted amongst the selected individuals. The interviews were designed to generate new materials on the presidents. All interviews were videotaped for transcription and preservation at the IAS/UG Archive.
The project Associates established local planning committees or coalitions to organize country-specific symposiums/seminars. The youth was mobilized and recruited as active participants at the symposium. Academic papers were presented for discussion. All country-specific seminars were videotaped for transcription and preservation at the IAS/UG Archive.
The literature review was in two parts: (1) A review of the materials on African Presidential Leadership and Governance to determine the gaps in the study of African Presidential Leadership; (2) the documentation of sources for the study of African Presidents/Heads of States; an extensive search was conducted by Project Research staff and scholars.
The transcribed versions of the videotape interviews and symposiums/seminars are edited for publication and dissemination, using electronic mediums and mailings