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.

Applications for the 2022 Academy are now open!

Deadline for application: 26 November 2021

Please refer to section “Eligibility Criteria and Application Details” for more information on how to submit your application.

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

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. An overview of the preliminary schedule is available here.

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.

You can find here the Programme 2021 and the participants of the African-German Leadership Academy 2021.

Learn more about the Pilot Academy which was delivered in digital format.

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