About Us

About the Madiba Institute
The Madiba Institute for Leadership in West Africa (MILWA) is a leadership training, policy and a convening organization based in Dakar, Senegal.  Building on the legacy and lessons of Africa’s greatest leaders and named after Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, MILWA was established to support current and next generations of African leaders to become decisive, visionary and transformative and to advance progress on the most critical security and development challenges of the 21st century in Africa.

Conceived in 2008 and officially registered in 2015, MILWA was launched to find solutions to the leadership gap, nurture the leadership potential that exists in Africa, strengthen the institutional capacity of organizations and train the next generations of African leaders. Working across Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), government institutions, Inter-governmental organizations, and the private sector, MILWA will consolidate lessons learned on transformative African leadership to enhance human security in the region.

To provide world class progressive training, skills, coaching, insights and best practices in Leadership thus shaping and reshaping the attitudes, behaviours and minds of current and next generation of West African Leaders to build strong institutions, ensure ethical behaviors, inclusive governance, social responsibility and commitment to Excellence.


As a Centre of Excellence for leadership development in West Africa, MILWA puts forward the following objectives:

  1. To contribute towards the nurturing of West Africa’s next generation of visionary, progressive, ethical and transformative leaders;
  2. To enhance the leadership capacities of women and young leaders across community and public institutions;
  3. To build a cooperative platform for leaders across sectors and institutions in West Africa;
  4. To document and disseminate research on leadership capabilities and trends in West Africa;
  5. To formulate, nurture, and disseminate public policy focused on inclusive governance, dialogue, security and socio-economic development;
  6. To promote and propagate positive African values and indigenous knowledge in grooming the next generations of leaders in Africa.