‘Uongozi’ means leadership in Kiswahili, and inspiring and strengthening leadership is the core purpose of our organisation. Established in 2010 by the Government of Tanzania, UONGOZI Institute is dedicated to inspiring and equipping Tanzanian as well as African leaders to deliver inclusive and sustainable solutions for their nations and for Africa.

We apply a holistic and mutually reinforcing approach to capacity development which recognises that leadership competencies are developed through a continuous, life long learning process. Our two strategic pillars – leadership and sustainable development – are addressed through four main areas: executive education, policy dialogues, action-oriented research, and technical support. Our clients include organisations as well as individuals from the public sector, private sector, and civil society.

Our Vision

A prosperous, equitable and sustainable Africa.

Our Mission

To inspire and equip African leaders to deliver inclusive and sustainable solutions.

What We Do

UONGOZI Institute:

  • Offers specialised courses relating to leadership and executive management;
  • Provides opportunities for leaders to share ideas on strategic leadership for sustainable development;
  • Stimulates strategic thinking to formulate African solutions to African challenges;
  • Promotes dialogue on aspects of governance and strategic planning;
  • Supports research on leadership in Africa.

Our Values

It is important to us that we consistently practice, promote and uphold the following values:

  • Professionalism
  • Reliability
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Creativity

Our Goals

To realise the Institute’s mission, our work is organised around four goals.

Goal 1:    Enhance the performance of leaders in Africa

Goal 2:    Encourage leaders to champion sustainable development

Goal 3:    Advance the knowledge and practice of good leadership

Goal 4:    Be a centre of excellence for leadership for sustainable development

Goals 1 and 2 are concerned with themes of leadership development and sustainable development. They are interlinked and mutually reinforcing. Goal 1 focuses on improving the performance of leaders while Goal 2 focuses on understanding and appreciating the importance of sustainable development, and the integral role of leaders in advancing its adoption and implementation.

Goal 3 concerns advancing the knowledge and practice of good leadership, which is closely associated with sustainable development. In this respect, it portrays UONGOZI Institute’s role as a think tank. This goal extends beyond leaders to reach researchers, lecturers, students and development practitioners, as well as the wider public.

Goal 4 reflects that UONGOZI Institute is a young organisation. Therefore, the Institute will continue to strengthen its own capacity to become a globally recognized centre of excellence in leadership for the sustainable development of Africa.

Our Clients

UONGOZI Institute provides services to senior leaders who have a demonstrable impact upon their society’s development, as well as individuals who have been recognised as emerging leaders with the potential to make a positive impact. We support African leaders to:

  • Develop national and/or organisational agendas and oversee the implementation of strategies;
  • Analyse local, global and regional developments, and interpret their implications within national and organisational contexts;
  • Pursue their country’s and/or organisation’s interests in bi-lateral or multi-lateral negotiations;
  • Make informed decisions, which they adhere to and are accountable for;
  • Manage and stimulate staff to achieve their best;
  • Be accountable to, and communicate effectively with all stakeholders.

Our Partners

The Institute is committed to working together with our global community of partners to enhance the excellence of our leadership training, research and knowledge exchange. This model has been particularly strong in our work strengthening leaders
at the forefront of decision-making closely linked to sustainable development.

As we work towards the achievement of our mission and vision, UONGOZI Institute works with various funding and implementation partners in Tanzania, in Africa, and across the globe. Below is a list of our current partners.

The Government of Finland

UONGOZI Institute receives support from the Government of Finland in the form of core funding and technical support. Technical support is provided through Partnership Programmes with the HAUS Finnish Institute of Public Management and the United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economic Research – UNU-WIDER.

The Finnish Institute of Public Management - HAUS

The UONGOZI Institute – HAUS Partnership Programme involves both long-term and short-term expertise provided to strengthen UONGOZI Institute’s capacity to implement the organisation’s strategic plan.

The United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

UONGOZI Institute and UNU-WIDER have launched a new research project which aims to facilitate the development and implementation of public policies that promote economic transformation and inclusive growth in Tanzania and the Eastern African region. Supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland, the Project focuses on six themes: macroeconomics; domestic resource mobilisation extractives; small scale enterprises/industrialisation; sustainable livelihoods; and gender.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The UNDP provides support to the ‘Programme to Support Natural Resource Management in Tanzania’ housed at UONGOZI Institute. The objective of the programme is to support the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania in the governance and management of the country’s natural resources through Research, Support for Policy Development, Policy dialogue, Training, Monitoring and other support functions.

The Office of H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania

For six years now, UONGOZI Institute has worked with the Office of H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania in organising the African Leadership Forum, an annual event focusing on contemporary and emerging leadership issues facing the continent. The event gathers former African Heads of State, and senior African leaders from the public sector, private sector and civil society.

Aalto University Executive Education

UONGOZI Institute collaborates with Aalto University Executive Education in developing and delivering two UONGOZI long-term executive programmes: Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Certificate in Leadership.

Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment and the International Senior Lawyers Project

UONGOZI Institute works with the Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment in conjunction with the International Senior Lawyers Project in the facilitation of regional and national training programs on negotiation skills.

Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA)

UONGOZI Institute and REPOA are co-implementing a five-year programme on “Evidence-Based Policy Making on Economic Governance in Tanzania”. The programme aims to support the Government to design and implement policies to improve the business environment in the economic sectors.

Strategic Plans

Our Strategic Plans for the period of 2010/2011 – 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 – 2020/2021 are available below: