Building Bridges Emerging Leaders Programme South Africa


The mission of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, previously known as the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice or GSDPP, is to promote and inspire strategic public leadership in Africa. Based at the University of Cape Town, or UCT, the multi-disciplinary centre and its offerings are designed to make public service at the highest levels of leadership an aspiration for the most talented of the community’s rising generation. The Mandela School promotes the development of strategic public leadership, including a strong emphasis on public sector reform, accountability and trust in governance. It provides professional and academic training and forums for discussion for senior public officials and those engaged in public policy in South Africa, other African countries and beyond.


Name of Primary Programme
Building Bridges Emerging Leaders Programme
Numbers of programme participants annually
25 - 250
Telephone Number - alternate
+27(0)21 650 1420
Programme Type
Leadership Development Programme
Region from which participants are selected
West Africa, East Africa, South East Africa, Southern Africa
Organisation website
Programme Funders
Government, Philanthropic
African country or countries of programme delivery
South Africa
Programme Contact email
Government funding
IDRC (Canada)
Region of programme delivery
Southern Africa
Country of operation
South Africa
Philanthropic funders
Ford Foundation
Are programmes continuing?
Organisation Name
University of Cape Town (UCT)
Programme Start Date
Telephone Number
+27(0)21 650 5239

Leadership organisation location

Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
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About AFLI



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.