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Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute

Rationale for TMALI short learning programmes

After five decades of Africa making many false starts, the continent has now accepted and legislated into force the policies necessary to achieve its renaissance. These policies are encapsulated in a variety of seminal documents such as the Constitutive Act of the African Union, the Treaty establishing the African Economic Community, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) mandate the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; the Protocol on Women’s Rights; the Protocols of the Pan African Parliament, the Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights; the Court of Justice; the Peace and Security Council; the Conventions preventing and combating corruption, terrorism, mercenary activity, and so on; Charters relating to the youth, children, democracy, elections and governance; and cultural renaissance.

However, not enough has been done to implement the policies contained in these formal documents. One of the problems that has been identified is that the people have been excluded as owners of what are essentially correct policies that Africa needs for its renewal and sustainability. Therefore TMALI aims to invest in thought leaders who will help to ensure that adopted African policies are implemented for the benefit of the continent. TMALI also aims to generate new knowledge about Africa and Africa within the global context. Those who study under TMALI short learning programmes will be also participate in seminars and conferences whose outcomes would be communicated expeditiously to Africa and the world.