Global Leadership Training Programme for Sustainable Development in Africa

Equipping future global leaders who skills and strategies to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs in Africa.

Application Deadline
11 Dec 2023
Program Level
Certificate programme
Program Start Date
31 January – 8 March 2024
Program Brochure 

Applications for the 2024 programme are now closed. 

This intensive course is designed for postgraduate students in the field of international development with an interest in Africa. Conducted in collaboration with New York University and the University of Johannesburg, the course will provide an opportunity to learn from African leaders about innovative leadership and development, participatory democracy, civic engagement and public policy. It includes keynote lectures, workshops, resource sharing and participatory activities prepared by African scholars and practitioners in a wide range of fields (e.g., health, education, gender, environmental studies, human rights, law, technology, government and civil society).

The use of online teaching and networking modalities will help participants engage with African leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss their leadership and development practices (i.e. addressing gender equity, role of women and youth, peace and security, environmental justice, the right to development, poverty alleviation, economic and social development, sustainable livelihoods), and develop skills and strategies needed to strengthen the capacity and resilience of community and civil society, build and enhance human rights, and contribute to environmentally sustainable development across Africa. 

Participants who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a certificate.


Please note that the programme will be conducted in English.


Postgraduate students who are enrolled in universities and interested in international cooperation and the SDGs in Africa (Master’s and PhD courses). 

For the selected participants who have completed the course, UNU-IAS plans to provide follow-up support to conduct joint research at partner universities and research institutions in Africa. A separate application submission is required for this scholarship opportunity.


To apply for this programme, please use the online application form. The application deadline is 11 December 2023


The sessions will be conducted online from 31 January to 8 March 2024 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 17:00–19:00 JST (10:00–12:00 SAST). 

Learning outcomes 

Participants will: 

  • Engage with African leaders across fields and disciplines to learn about leadership skills and understand the strategies they are using to promote sustainable development initiatives. 
  • Form new agenda-setting, strategic-planning and community-engagement skills in order to become ethical, relevant and context-specific development practitioners. 
  • Recognize and engage in learning opportunities and networks to discuss some of the best practices in governance, community mobilization, public management and social innovation. 
  • Design a research proposal on a critical sustainability issue. 


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Since 2013 UNU-IAS has implemented the Global Leadership Training Programme in Africa (GLTP) with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT). Designed to provide Japanese postgraduate students with opportunities to conduct field research in Africa, it has been redeveloped in 2021 as an online training course to enhance understanding of diverse issues in Africa from global and local perspectives.