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The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is an African foundation, established in 2006 with one focus: the critical importance of governance and leadership in Africa. It is our belief that governance and leadership lie at the heart of all tangible, shared and sustainable improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.
Leadership and governance in Africa
Leadership: is about assessing risks, defining priorities and making choices.
Governance: is about effectively implementing and properly documenting these choices.
Africa has made considerable progress over the last decade. However, the continent still faces serious and complex developmental challenges. How to translate its wealth of resources into improved quality of life for its citizens, in an equitable and sustainable way? What should governments do to ensure GDP growth is shared, sustainable and matched by employment gains? Why are political participation, rule of law, accountability and human rights still lagging, or even regressing, in some areas, despite significant economic progress?
These challenges pose a threat to Africa’s success and potential for long-term transformation. Sound leadership and effective governance on the continent offer the clearest roadmap to rising to these challenges and realising the continent’s potential.
African countries need to define a strategy – a “business plan” – built on an inclusive and a growth-oriented vision which assesses and prioritises challenges, makes the best use of human, natural and financial resources and ensures efficient and tangible implementation through close and precise monitoring of results.The Foundation contributes to this roadmap for sound African governance and leadership through four main initiatives:
The Foundation is a non-fundraising and non-grant making organisation.