BMZ African German Leadership Academy Programme for Early to Mid-Career Professionals

BMZ African German Leadership Academy Programme for Early to Mid-Career Professionals

The Shaping Futures: African-European Network on Development and Sustainability Academy (Shaping Futures Academy), formerly known as the BMZ African-German Leadership Academy (African Academy) is a dialogue and training programme targeted at early to mid-career professionals from participating African, (Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Togo, and Zambia) and European (EU, EEA, and UK) countries.

The Shaping Futures Academy aims to empower future leaders on both continents by bringing together like- minded peers to reflect on their roles in their respective communities and institutions and develop strategies on how they can induce or support change processes for a transformation to sustainability in the present and future contexts.

With diversity at its the core, the Shaping Futures Academy welcomes participants from a various sectors (civil society, academia and think tanks, public administration, business and media) to encourage transdisciplinarity and to promote networking and knowledge exchange.

The Shaping Futures Academy is hosted by the German Institute for Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The programme is conducted in English.

Format and Content

The Shaping Futures Academy is grounded on three essential elements that contribute to capacity development: knowledge, action and leadership.

  • The knowledge element offers participants the space to exchange and jointly learn about the themes of governance and sustainability, on both a global and local level. In the 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.

  • The action elements offer participants the opportunity to combine and expand their knowledge and skills as well as to put them into practice. Working independently in small and changing group constellations, participants collectively develop mini-projects and assignments that allow them to connect their various expertise in diverse learning formats.

  • The leadership element focusses 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.

    Eligibility Criteria

    The Shaping Futures Academy targets early to mid-career professionals from participating African (Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Togo and Zambia) and European (EU, EEA and UK) countries.

  • 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

  • Have a valid passport (at the time of travel)
    *older applicants, who have taken longer periods of parental leave, may be considered.


    In order to facilitate participation, successful applicants to the Shaping Futures Academy will be awarded a scholarship, covering the following:

  • Travel to and from Germany and Ghana

  • Accommodation for the duration of the in-person phases

  • A monthly living allowance to cover living costs in Germany and Ghana for the duration of the in-person phases

  • Health, accident and personal liability insurance for the duration of their stay in Germany and Ghana

  • Subsidy to help meet technical requirements of the online phases of the programme

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; BMZ African German Leadership Academy Programme for Early to Mid-Career Professionals

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