Photo: UNDP, 2021

On 5 May 2021, the Leadership Academy of Guinea-Bissau was officially launched at the National School of Public Administration, in the presence of H.E. the  Minister of National Education and Higher Education, the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, other key figures of the country, including members of the Advisory Council and future trainers of the Academy. 

The Leadership Academy is a new institution, incorporated in the National School of Administration of Guinea-Bissau (ENA), which aims to invest in the development of Human Capital in Guinea-Bissau, at the national and local levels, aiming to form leaders and agents of change, who are aware, participatory and entrepreneurial in various areas of society, and who together can create communities and networks of change, through innovative, multisectoral and development-focused approaches to the development of the individual, to lead the transformation of the country into various sectors of activity.

Through change agents and impact entrepreneurs, it is intended to support the creation of synergies to promote sustainable peace and inclusive and sustainable development in Guinea-Bissau, which will contribute to a long-term transformation of the country, a consolidation of the Democratic Rule of Law, and a reform and modernization of public institutions, promoting inclusive economic development where the country's natural capital is respected and valued.

The Leadership Academy will offer Guinean society programmes and continuing training activities for political parties, public administration, private sector, civil society, and individual actors identified at the community level, especially young people and women, both in Bissau and in the regions.

The training of trainers in Leadership, which took place in the last week of April and the first week of May, preceded the formal launch of the Academy and is led by one of the international partners of the Academy, i.e. the Pedro Pires Institute for the Leadership of Cape Verde. The first leadership academy courses to be taught in May and June June will be on leadership and public service for senior civil service staff, and on Leadership and Personal Development targeted at senior political party staff.

The official music of the Leadership Academy was released during the launched and can be accessed here.

For more information on the launch of the Leadership Academy, see the attached program, to which the media was invited to participate. If in doubt, contact José Fernandes Junior (jose.f.junior@undp.org) or Raquel Leandro (raquel.leandro@undp.org).

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