The European Parliament is committed to building strong and lasting relations with future leaders outside of the European Union.
The European Parliament Young Political Leaders Programme expands on existing activities conducted by the Parliament, such as the Annual Fora for Young Leaders from the European Neighbourhood (Maghreb, Middle East, Eastern Partnership), and the Young Political Leaders initiative for the Sudan, in order to develop a more coherent and harmonised approach to engaging in peaceful dialogue with young leaders from third countries.
It also aims to contribute to long-term confidence building and reconciliation in these countries.
This instrument for dialogue was endorsed by the European Parliament's Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG) in April 2015, with its primary objective to target young political activists, including political party representatives, civil society actors and young business leaders in the European Neighbourhood countries, priority countries agreed under the European Parliament's Comprehensive Democracy Support Approach (CDSA), and ad hoc countries requiring assistance in the area of parliamentary conflict prevention and democracy support.
The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.