The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is an Africa-wide think tank which provides an inclusive platform for dialogue, information dissemination and networking.
Our programmes are underpinned by rigorous research into all aspects of African Heritage, in order to shape policy and practice on critical issues of governance, integrated economic development and the evolution of African institutions.
Through our programmes we seek to address the short, medium, and long-term developmental challenges facing Africa in a holistic and comprehensive manner.
The MINDS’ vision, is to have African societies attain democracy, economic prosperity, social inclusiveness as well as their rightful place in the global community on a basis of a keen self-awareness.
Informed by our vision, our mission is to provide a forum for dialogue, information dissemination and networking, underpinned by rigorous research on the different elements of African Heritage.
Our values of Openness; Inclusiveness; Collaboration; Dialogue and Rigor are fundamental to the way in which we engage and operate as a continental institution.
The future is our youth and young people need to understand that the responsibility of creating the future that works for them is theirs.