The Mo Ibrahim Foundation will launch the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships, a program that aims to equip the next generation of African leaders by providing them with mentoring opportunities in key multilateral institutions.
The announcement came after the foundation’s decision not to award this year’s Mo Ibrahim Prize, which is given to democratically elected African government leaders.
“There are many ways to support great leadership. The (Mo Ibrahim) prize is one such way, the fellowships will be another,” said Mo Ibrahim, founder and chairman of the foundation, in a June 13 statement.
The foundation is collaborating with pan-African organizations to design the fellowships. Further details of the fellowships will be announced at the foundation’s annual meeting and forum on governance, which is due to take place in November in Mauritius.
Ibrahim said application for the fellowship will open “shortly” after the announcement and that he expects the first batch of fellows to begin their stint in early 2011.