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Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute

What is the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI)

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 OAU and the AU. It is also a vehicle to enable Africa to respond on time to new developments which impact on the continent, which will also help to ensure that Africa’s voice is heard in both the local and global contexts. To achieve these objectives, TMALI will invest in thought leaders who will work to help ensure that adopted African policies are both accepted by the people and are 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.

It will offer short learning programmes aimed at empowering its students to become thought leaders who are committed to the Renaissance of Africa. TMALI also aims to generate new knowledge about Africa and Africa within the global context, by hosting focused seminars and conferences and conducting research. These findings would be communicated expeditiously to Africa and the rest of the world. It will 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.

In summary, TMALI is:

  • a public service, non-profit  and pan-African organisation
  • a partnership between Unisa and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation
  • a programme for social, cultural and economic emancipation of the African continent and its people
  • a vehicle for developing new categories of thought leaders that responds to and transforms the African condition
  • a platform to provide African people with a voice in the local and global contexts as both a responsibility and an obligation