The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowships form a selective programme designed to mentor future African leaders. Through this annual fellowship programme, we seek to deepen and broaden our growing network which continues to contribute its skills and learning to a better Africa.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa.

African Development Bank (AfDB) – Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent.

It was founded by Dr. Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese philanthropist and businessman who founded telecommunications company Celtel International in 1998.

Dr. Ibrahim is the Chair of the Board. Other Board members are Lord Simon Cairns, Nathalie Delapalme, Hadeel Ibrahim, Abdoulie Janneh, Sir Ketumile Masire, Jay Naidoo, Mary Robinson and Salim Ahmed Salim.

The Foundation’s Secretariat is based in London.

The Fellowships offer the opportunity to work in the executive offices of either the AfDB (Abidjan), UNECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva).

Eligibility criteria

master’s degree
under the age of 40, or 45 for women with children
any additional criteria as set by the host.
National of an African country
7-10 years of relevant work experience

Application Procedures

Prospective fellows who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply directly to the current hosts:

The International Trade Centre

“The Mo Ibrahim Fellowship programme is an excellent opportunity to build the leadership and managerial skills of young men and women in Africa by placing them in the heart of the trade and development world. ITC has benefitted from hosting a number of Fellows who have provided great support to the work of the Executive Office. They have returned to their countries with greater skills, knowledge and confidence and ITC is pleased to be involved in building this next generation of African leaders”.

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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa was established to encourage economic cooperation among its member states.

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African Development Bank
The African Development Bank is a regional multilateral development bank, engaged in promoting economic development and social progress.


Note: Application Closing Date
16th October, 2017.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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