The Government of Rwanda partners with MINDS on the Scholarship Program for Leadership Development
The Government of Rwanda recently became one of the key partners for the MINDS Scholarship Program. Hon. Dr Papias Musafiri Malimba, Minister of Education, signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Rwanda, together with Dr Nkosana Moyo, the Founder and Executive Chair of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) at an event which was held in Kigali on the 2nd of July 2017.
MINDS' unique scholarship program enables African students to study within the continent, but outside their home country. The program aims to develop Pan-African leaders with a lived understanding and experience of the continent, who can in turn facilitate for economic integration and social cohesion.
The shared vision for developing bridge-building, Pan-African leaders brought the two institutions together on this initiative. Through the MINDS Scholarship Program, this partnership will afford Rwandese nationals opportunities to study elsewhere in Africa while supporting African students who wish to study in Rwanda. MINDS wishes to thank the Government of Rwanda for this investment and their continued support.
Hon. Dr Papias Musafiri Malimba and Dr Nkosana Moyo signing the agreement.
MINDS Board of Trustees Announces Changes in Leadership
The Board of Trustees of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) wishes to announce that Dr Nkosana Moyo will be stepping down as the Executive Chair of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) with effect from the 1st of August 2017. Following his decision to run for the office of the President of Zimbabwe, Dr Moyo tendered his resignation to the Board of Trustees, who duly considered the resignation and released him from his responsibilities as Executive Chair. Dr Moyo, the founder of MINDS, has been at the helm of the organization since its inception in 2010. MINDS currently runs four programs addressing developmental challenges on the African continent related to African identity, economic integration, youth participation in elections and governance and leadership development.
Dr Moyo firmly believes that African youth have the potential to play a significant role in the transformation of the continent. Under his leadership, the organization has built a network of over 400 alumni across 48 countries on the African continent. Through this network of young leaders, MINDS is working to encourage African youth to take responsibility for creating the Africa they envision, by empowering them to meaningfully participate in the governance of their countries. The recently launched MINDS Scholarship Program, which seeks to develop Pan-African leaders who can drive economic integration and social cohesion, is also the brain-child of Dr Moyo. The program funds postgraduate university students to study within the African continent, outside of their home country, so that they can develop an appreciation of the continent and understand the need for cohesion and integration.
Mrs Graça Machel will take over from Dr Moyo as the Chair of the MINDS Board of Trustees. She is a founding trustee of MINDS, having been involved from its conceptualization and inception in 2010. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees. As of the 1st of August 2017, the MINDS Board of Trustees will comprise Mrs. Machel (Chair), Mr. Ali Mufuruki, Ms. Sara Menker and Dr Jumoke Oduwole, while Dr Moyo will become a member of the Advisory Board. Operationally, Mrs Machel will be supported by the team, led by Ms. Rumbidzai Chisenga who has been working with Dr Moyo and the Board of Trustees for over two years.
Dr Moyo assures all stakeholders that relevant measures have been taken to ensure a smooth transition and continuity at MINDS. He will remain available to support Mrs Machel, Rumbidzai Chisenga and the team, and urges relevant parties to do the same. He expressed confidence in Rumbidzai Chisenga's leadership stating that MINDS stands to benefit from her youthfulness and passion for the continent's development, in addition to her experience and expertise. He affirmed his belief that African youth are ready to take on leadership positions, and are better positioned to drive innovation and the application of technology to accelerate the continent's development efforts.
The Board of Trustees, in its entirety, would like to assure the public that MINDS remains an independent, non-partisan Pan-African think tank. All governance disciplines will remain in place to ensure that this position is maintained, and that MINDS remains a vehicle through which all Africans are encouraged to engage in addressing our continent's development challenges.
The MINDS Board of Trustees and team wish Dr Moyo well in his future endeavours.
MINDS Nedbank Partnership
Nedbank's Eyethu Community Trust announced its support of the MINDS Scholarship Program at a ceremony held at the Nedbank Group headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. MINDS launched this unique scholarship program for African students to study within the continent, but outside their home country. The program aims to develop Pan-African leaders with a lived understanding and experience of the continent, who can in turn facilitate for economic integration and social cohesion. MINDS holds the view that greater integration and cohesion on the continent are essential conditions for the Africa's development.
Speaking at the event, Nedbank's Chief Executive Officer, Mike Brown said that Nedbank was excited to lend support to such an initiative that shapes leaders. Brown stated that ethical and inspirational leadership is an important element in engendering confidence, investment, growth and ultimately higher employment rates. Echoing Brown's sentiments, Dr Terence Sibiya, Managing Executive Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking described the partnership as a "meeting of minds", highlighting the alignment of MINDS' activities with Nedbank's vision to expand on the continent.
A robust discussion on the importance of investing in leadership development on the continent followed the signing of the agreement. The panel constituted by Dr Nkosana Moyo, MINDS' Founder and Executive Chair, Francis Daniels the Director of Africa Opportunity Partners and a MINDS Advisory Board Member, Zamafuze Ngcobo a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and Leadership Development Consultant and Victor Kgomoeswana the author of 'Africa is Open for Business', explored the continent's leadership crisis, the role of young Africans in providing redress and the importance of investing in leadership development initiatives.
Dr Nkosana Moyo urged all Africans to take responsibility for creating the future they envision, inviting interested parties across the continent to partner with MINDS on this unique initiative. In the concluding remarks, Thulani Sibeko, Nedbank Group Executive: Group Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs affirmed the relevance of the MINDS Scholarship Program on the continent and thanked all stakeholders. Also attending the ceremony were the Royal Norwegian Ambassador H. E. Trine Skymoen, trustees of the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust, Nedbank and MINDS staff and the community at large.
Attending the ceremony, from left: Dumisani Ncala, Nozipho Mbanjwa, Dr Nkosana Moyo, Kershini Govender, Lindiwe Temba, Francis Daniels, H.E. Trine Skymoen, Dr Terence Sibiya, Zamafuze Ngcobo, Victor Kgomoeswana and Thulani Sibeko.
MINDS signs a partnership agreement with Old Mutual for the MINDS Scholarship Programme
The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is pleased to announce Old Mutual as a partner for the MINDS Scholarship Programme. MINDS will launch a Scholarship Programme for leadership development in Africa in 2017. The Programme will see African students studying in an African country other than their home country. The aim of the Programme is to develop leaders who have a continent wide development mindset; leaders who can facilitate greater cooperation between African countries in future.
Old Mutual has committed R3 million over three years to fund the Programme. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between MINDS and Old Mutual was signed in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 7th of November, 2016. MINDS Founder and Executive Chair Dr Nkosana Moyo expressed his enthusiasm for the Programme by stating that, "A pool of young leaders committed to facilitating greater cooperation between African countries will play a critical role in achieving the continent's future success."
Old Mutual Emerging Markets Chief Executive Ralph Mupita added that "As a financial services provider with an expanding footprint on the African continent, Old Mutual is proud to be a cornerstone investor in this visionary initiative. We share MINDS' belief that the graduates of this Programme will be well equipped to promote the performance and tangible progress of our continent. There is no doubt that a more integrated African economy of global scale will accelerate growth, generate positive outcomes and benefit all its communities."
The Institute will partner with donors and African universities to sponsor African university students to study within Africa, but outside of their own country. MINDS invites individuals and organisations to support this one of a kind initiative. For more information on how you can partner with MINDS in developing future African leaders, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase 'MINDS Scholarship Programme' in the subject.
Attending the signing, from left: Gim Victor, Divya Babu, Khanyi Chaba, Simpiwe Somdala, Carine Seke, Ralph Mupita, Dr Nkosana Moyo, Rumbidzai Chisenga, Mpho Nhlabathi, Sipho Gumbi and Clinton Rodgers.