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UONGOZI Institute
Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development
Institute Overview

Our clients  -  What We Do   -  Our Goals  -  Our Value  -  Board of Directors  -  Our Staff

"Uongozi" means leadership in Kiswahili, and inspiring and strengthening leadership is the core purpose of our organisation. Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, UONGOZI Institute is dedicated to supporting African leaders to attain sustainable development for their nations and for Africa

We seek to inspire leaders and promote the recognition of the important role of leadership in sustainable development. We believe that:

  • Leadership is the key to achieving sustainable development
  • The development of a leader requires specialised grooming
  • An African model of leadership is vital for achieving the most favourable development outcomes for Africa.

The Institute is an independent government agency established by the Government of Tanzania and supported by the government of Finland.

Our Vision

A prosperous and equitable Africa through effective leadership for sustainable development.

Our Mission

To inspire and equip African leaders to realise their personal and collective potential to deliver sustainable solutions for African citizens.


Our Clients

UONGOZI Institute provides services to senior leaders who have a demonstrable impact upon their society's development, as well as individuals who have been recognised as emerging leaders with the potential to make a positive impact. We support African leaders to:

  • Develop national and/or organisational agendas and oversee the implementation of strategies;
  • Analyse local, global and regional developments, and interpret their implications within national and organisational contexts;
  • Pursue their country's and/or organisation's interests in bi-lateral or multi-lateral negotiations;
  • Make informed decisions, which they adhere to and are accountable for;
  • Manage and stimulate staff to achieve their best; and
  • Be accountable to, and communicate effectively with all stakeholders.


What We Do

UONGOZI Institute:

  • Offers specialised courses relating to leadership and executive management;
  • Provides opportunities for leaders to share ideas on strategic leadership for sustainable development;
  • Stimulates strategic thinking to formulate African solutions to African challenges;
  • Promotes dialogue on aspects of governance and strategic planning; and
  • Supports research on leadership in Africa.


Our Goals

To realise the Institute's mission, our work is organised around five goals.

1) Strengthening the proficiency of leaders and emerging leaders across Africa

We offer specialised training programmes to directly address challenges leaders encounter in their work. Our training programmes cover:

  • Strategic leadership for sustainable development;
  • Leadership reflection and action;
  • Public sector management; and
  • Results-based management.

2) Fostering innovative partnerships and collaboration amongst leaders by bringing together senior and emerging leaders across Africa

We provide opportunities for leaders to meet and share ideas so that they may understand the perspectives of others and find possibilities for synergy.

3) Supporting a positive operating environment for leaders by promoting accountable governance

We highlight the negative and positive impacts of operating environments upon the efforts of leaders by promoting dialogue and supporting research on aspects of accountable governance.

4) Generating or collating knowledge specific to leaders concerns as well as facilitating leaders to share their knowledge

We provide leaders with access to contemporary knowledge that is directly relevant to their work, including research findings. Our clients also have access to a network of peers across the world so that knowledge can be sought and shared.

5) Building UONGOZI Institute to become a centre of excellence for leadership development and a showcase for sustainable development

We aim to be one of the leading, independent, Pan-African organisations in leadership for sustainable development. To mirror our organisational vision, the Institute will strive to demonstrate best practice in institutional design and operations.


Our Values

It is important to us that we:

  • Provide innovative and relevant services of high quality;
  • Are transparent and accountable;
  • Remain politically neutral;
  • Respect confidentiality;
  • Are open to differing perspectives;
  • Foster an environment of open discussion; and
  • Promote sustainable development.


UONGOZI Institute's Board of Directors

Amb. Kari Alanko

Deputy Director General, Department for Africa and the Middle East
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland

Deputy Chairperson:
Mr. Philemon Luhanjo

Former Chief Secretary
United Republic of Tanzania

Professor Glenn Denning

Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University, U.S.A.

Amb. John Haule

High Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania, Kenya

Ms. Elsie Kanza

Senior Director, Head of Africa,
World Economic Forum, Switzerland

Professor Idris Kikula

Vice Chancellor,
University of Dodoma, Tanzania

Dr. Frannie Léautier

Senior Vice-President,                                                                

African Development Bank Group, Ivory Coast

Ms. Anneli Temmes

Managing Director,
HAUS - Finnish Institute of Public Management, Finland


Our Staff

The institute is managed by a lean, highly-skilled secretariat focusing on coordination and quality control. Our Chief Executive Officer is Professor Joseph Semboja. To provide the highest quality of leadership services and products, the Institute engages a network of local and international experts on a consultancy basis.

Here is UONGOZI Institute’s Strategic Plan for 2011 – 2015