TMALI is a programme for the training of Africans for the political, economic, social and cultural renewal of the African continent and its people, based on the all-Africa policies already agreed through the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the African Union (AU). It is also a vehicle to enable Africa to respond on time to new developments which impact the continent, helping to ensure that Africa’s voice is heard in both local and global contexts. To achieve these objectives, TMALI invests in thought leaders who will work to help ensure that adopted African policies are both accepted by the people and implemented. It therefore aims to contribute towards the empowerment of as many Africans as possible with a view to achieving the African Renaissance, which includes the eradication of poverty and underdevelopment in Africa, and the evolution of new African policy initiatives.
TMALI will offer short learning programmes aimed at empowering students to become thought leaders who are committed to the Renaissance of Africa. TMALI also aims to generate new knowledge about Africa, by itself and within the global context, by hosting focused seminars and conferences and conducting research. It actively take steps to cooperate with other institutions, especially in Africa, which relate to its field of activities, to help ensure that our continent pools its limited resources to achieve the shared objectives.
TMALI students will include professionals in different fields; members of different political parties and formations; civil servants and civil society activists; women and gender activists; students and youth and spiritual/religious leaders and activists.
Investing in thought leaders for African’s renewal
To become the centre of choice for research, teaching, learning and dialogue by African thought leaders to advance the African Renaissance
Purpose of TMALI
To invest in and liberate new thought leaders for Africa’s rejuvenation in the 21st century and beyond in order to:
History of TMALI
TMALI owes its origin to discussions between then President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki and many of his peers about what he would do once he had completed his term as President. These discussions generated the view that over the decades Africa had, through the OAU and the AU, agreed on a broad range of appropriate policies for the development and renewal of the continent, including such areas as politics, human and people’s rights, the economy, social development, women’s emancipation and development, and so on.
The observation was made that there was an obvious and destructive lag between the adoption and the implementation of these policies. This was because Africa had not developed the critical number of change agents who would act in each country to help ensure the implementation of the agreed policies. President Thabo Mbeki agreed that he would make the necessary effort to help address the strategic African human capital deficit and TMALI was established to respond to this commitment.
TMALI was formally launched in 2010 as a partnership between the University of South Africa (Unisa) and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF). Prof Vusi Gumede recently took up the position of Head of the Institute. The relationship between Unisa and the TMF is regulated by a Memorandum of Agreement signed on 28 January 2010 to formally establish TMALI. This was preceded by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Unisa and the TMF on 12 October 2009. A TMALI Management Committee, comprising three members each from Unisa and the TMF, was inaugurated on 12 February 2010. The primary task of the committee is to provide strategic direction to TMALI.