Format and Content

The BMZ African-German Leadership Academy is grounded on three essential elements that contribute to capacity development: knowledge, leadership and action.


  • Knowledge element offers participants the space to exchange knowledge and jointly learn about the themes of governance and sustainability, on both a global and local level. In our academic modules, participants strengthen their analytical capabilities through engagement with different concepts and the direct interaction with diverse scientific and practice-oriented stakeholders. This includes encounters in discussions, workshops and site-visits to selected institutions. A study trip to Brussels provides first-hand practical insights into policy-making.
  • Leadership modules focus on developing individual and collective competencies, including strengthening dialogue skills, problem solving, exchanging perspectives, teamwork, reflecting on one’s values, and building strong and trustful relationships, which will also benefit the participants’ home institutions. Individual coaching for participants further complements the leadership modules.
  • Action components are an open, creative and innovative learning space in which participants put their knowledge and skills into practice. Working independently in small groups, participants develop a hands-on solution and prototype for a self-selected challenge by following the design thinking method.


The programme utilizes a range of training methods used to cultivate learning, such as facilitated sessions, workshops, open space and bar camp formats, presentations, discussion, excursions, expert interviews and role-play. The African Academy works under the premise that knowledge acquisition is not passive, but requires open and active engagement by the learners. Through collaborative peer learning, participants benefit from an exchange of perspectives, hone their critical thinking skills and develop shared values. Participants and their home institutions will form part of a network and jointly engage in knowledge cooperation. Network activities are driven by the network members themselves, and can include collaborative organisation and hosting of high-level policy dialogues, joint publications, or other formats.


The format of the Academy is based on the training concept developed in the frame of the MGG Academy.