IDOS African-German Shaping Futures Academy 2024 for Young Professionals

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IDOS African German African-German Shaping Futures Academy 2024 for Young Professionals: Training and Dialogue programme for young professionals from African partner countries.

Application Deadline: 15th November 2023

About the Award: The Shaping Futures: African-European Network on Development and Sustainability Academy (Shaping Futures Academy), formerly known as the BMZ African-German Leadership Academy (African Academy) is a dialogue and training programme targeted at early to mid-career professionals from participating African, (Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Togo, and Zambia) and European (EU, EEA, and UK) countries. The Shaping Futures Academy aims to empower future leaders on both continents by bringing together like- minded peers to reflect on their roles in their respective communities and institutions and develop strategies on how they can induce or support change processes for a transformation to sustainability in the present and future contexts.

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With diversity at its the core, the Shaping Futures Academy welcomes participants from a various sectors (civil society, academia and think tanks, public administration, business and media) to encourage transdisciplinarity and to promote networking and knowledge exchange.

The Shaping Futures Academy is hosted by the German Institute for Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The programme is conducted in English.

The format of the dialogue and training programme sees 25 participants from government institutions, think tanks and research institutions, civil society and the private sector. They all bring together their experience of and expertise in working in the area of sustainable development. Participation in the programme also facilitates networking opportunities with German and European stakeholders from various sectors and with representatives from African institutions.

Type: Training


The Shaping Futures Academy targets early to mid-career professionals from participating African (Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Togo and Zambia) and European (EU, EEA and UK) countries.

  • be a national or permanent resident of one of the participating countries
  • be 25 – 40 years old*
  • work on issues relevant for sustainable development and governance
  • have at least three years’ work experience (non-remunerated experience is also recognised)
  • have the support of their employer (written support required as part of application)
  • have a very good command of the English language (equivalent to B2 level of the CEFR)
  • be respectful of other cultures
  • be open to teamwork, reflection and a broad variety of working methods
  • have a valid passport (at the time of travel)

*older applicants, who have taken longer periods of parental leave, may be considered

Eligible Countries: African countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Togo and Zambia) and European (EU, EEA and UK) countries.

To be Taken at (Country): The Shaping Futures Academy is grounded on three essential elements that contribute to capacity development: knowledge, action and leadership.

  • The knowledge element offers participants the space to exchange and jointly learn about the themes of governance and sustainability, on both a global and local level. In the 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.
  • The action elements offer participants the opportunity to combine and expand their knowledge and skills as well as to put them into practice. Working independently in small and changing group constellations, participants collectively develop mini-projects and assignments that allow them to connect their various expertise in diverse learning formats.
  • The leadership element focusses 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.

The programme, delivered in a block format, utilizes a range of training methods used to cultivate learning, including but not limited to facilitated sessions, workshops, open space and bar camp formats, presentations, discussions, excursions, expert interviews, and role-play. The Shaping Futures Academy works under the premise that knowledge acquisition is not passive but requires open and active engagement. Through collaborative peer learning, participants benefit from an exchange of different perspectives, hone their critical thinking skills, and develop shared values

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

Number of Awards: 25

Value of Award:

  • A high-quality digital programme, combining, academic insights and hands-on training, including insights in the practice of German political, economic and social system
  • Innovative training and exchanges on leadership skills crucial for sustainable development in different contexts
  • Strengthening digital collaboration skills by working online in highly diverse teams
  • Shaping a network of organisations and individuals dedicated to sustainable development from seven African countries and Germany

How to Apply: For full information about the Shaping Futures Academy 2024 please refer to the Academy Brochure.

To apply to become a participant, you will need to submit the following documents in pdf format, via the application portal:

Please make sure to read the Conditions for Participation before you apply. Only complete applications will be considered.

The application portal will be available shortly. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Deadline for application: 15 November 2023

For any questions concerning the application process, please contact: [email protected]

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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