TMALI is an institute of Unisa in partnership with the Thabo Mbeki Foundation. The principal purpose of the institute is to train Africans for the political, economic, social and cultural renewal of the African continent and its people based on the all-Africa policies already agreed through the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the African Union (AU). To give expression to its overarching objective, TMALI is invested in creating new African thought leaders to help ensure that adopted African policies are accepted by the people of the continent. It also aims to facilitate their implementation in order to contribute towards the empowerment of as many Africans as possible with a view to achieving the African Renaissance and unity.
In the three years since its establishment, TMALI has designed courses on a number of areas that are of relevance for the further advancement of the renewal of the African continent. The organization is currently exploring the idea of introducing postgraduate diplomas in the areas pertaining to Africa’s development. Of importance are TMALI’s book series project and the emerging scholars’ programme, within the ambit of TMALI’s new research and innovation strategy. TMALI also works with the Thabo Mbeki Foundation on major annual events such as Africa Day and International Women’s Day. The institute also collaborates with like-minded institutions on numerous aspects of its overall academic, research and community engagement programme – for instance, since inception, TMALI has been part of the yearly African Renaissance for African Unity Annual Conference which brings together African scholars and other eminent Africans from all corners of the world. TMALI also regularly convenes symposia, colloquia, seminars and conferences.
TMALI is governed by a Management Board, which is made up of relevant top managers at Unisa and the Trustees of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation.
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.