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BMZ AFRICAN-GERMAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 2022: Innovative training for mid-career professionals from Germany and Africa

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The BMZ African-German Leadership Academy is an innovative training and dialogue programme that brings together early to mid-career professionals from Germany and its African partner countries namely, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Togo. The programme aims to develop leadership skills and enable joint knowledge creation and peer learning needed for sustainable development, in accordance with the objectives of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The programme is organised and hosted by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The format of the dialogue and training programme sees 25 participants from government institutions, think tanks and research institutions, civil society and the private sector. They all bring together their experience of and expertise in working in the area of sustainable development. Participation in the programme also facilitates networking opportunities with German and European stakeholders from various sectors and with representatives from African institutions.

BMZ AFRICAN-GERMAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 2022: Innovative training for mid-career professionals from Germany and Africa 3

Applications for the 2022 Academy are now open!

Deadline for application: 26 November 2021

Format and Content

The BMZ African-German Leadership Academy is grounded on three essential elements that contribute to capacity development: knowledge, leadership and action.

  • Knowledge element offers participants the space to exchange knowledge and jointly learn about the themes of governance and sustainability, on both a global and local level. In our academic modules, participants strengthen their analytical capabilities through engagement with different concepts and the direct interaction with diverse scientific and practice-oriented stakeholders. This includes encounters in discussions, workshops and site-visits to selected institutions. A study trip to Brussels provides first-hand practical insights into policy-making.
  • Leadership modules focus on developing individual and collective competencies, including strengthening dialogue skills, problem solving, exchanging perspectives, teamwork, reflecting on one’s values, and building strong and trustful relationships, which will also benefit the participants’ home institutions. Individual coaching for participants further complements the leadership modules.
  • Action components are an open, creative and innovative learning space in which participants put their knowledge and skills into practice. Working independently in small groups, participants develop a hands-on solution and prototype for a self-selected challenge by following the design thinking method.

The programme utilizes a range of training methods used to cultivate learning, such as facilitated sessions, workshops, open space and bar camp formats, presentations, discussion, excursions, expert interviews and role-play. The African Academy works under the premise that knowledge acquisition is not passive, but requires open and active engagement by the learners. Through collaborative peer learning, participants benefit from an exchange of perspectives, hone their critical thinking skills and develop shared values. Participants and their home institutions will form part of a network and jointly engage in knowledge cooperation. Network activities are driven by the network members themselves, and can include collaborative organisation and hosting of high-level policy dialogues, joint publications, or other formats.

BMZ African-German Leadership Academy 2022

The 2022 edition of the BMZ African-German Leadership Academy will take place from April to June. The full schedule comprises a 10-week in-person phase in Germany – spent in Bonn and Berlin – preceded by a two- week part-time online preparatory phase. The joint work is followed-up in online exchanges

The BMZ African-German Leadership Academy is aimed at early to mid-career professionals from Germany and its African partner countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Togo.

Potential participants of the BMZ African-German Leadership Academy should:

  • be a national or permanent resident of one of the participating countries
  • be 25 – 40 years old*
  • work on issues relevant for sustainable development and governance
  • have at least three years’ work experience (non-remunerated experience is also recognised)
  • have the support of their employer (written support required as part of application)
  • have a very good command of the English language (equivalent to B2 level of the CEFR)
  • be respectful of other cultures
  • be open to teamwork, reflection and a broad variety of working methods

*older applicants, who have taken longer periods of parental leave, may be considered.

To apply to become a participant, you will need to submit the following documents in pdf format, via the application portal:

Please make sure to read the Conditions for Participation before you apply. Only complete applications will be considered.

Please submit your full application via the application portal.

Deadline for application: 26 November 2021

For full information about the upcoming BMZ African-German Leadership Academy 2022 please refer to the brochure.

For any questions concerning the application process, please contact: Julia Osada



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