Shaping change – the Global Leadership Academy

Leaders from around the world are working together to find new solutions to global questions through dialogue programmes.

Influencing policy, helping shape the present and showing the way to the future … Leaders from politics, civil society, the private sector, and higher education and research achieve great things within their own individual areas of responsibility, but by networking they can also help to find solutions to global questions. And this is where GIZ’s Global Leadership Academy comes in. It brings together decision-makers from a wide range of areas and countries to share experiences and views, boost their knowledge, and kick-start joint projects. Through its Global Leadership Academy, GIZ supports leaders in managing change processes around the world. The Academy is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The Global Leadership Academy was launched in late 2012 with ‘we do change’ as its slogan. This highlights the Academy’s twin approach: individual openness to new ways of thinking, and achieving change with a broad impact. Participants in its dialogue processes launch activities but also see them through with support from leading cooperation partners around the world. Two pilot projects are already up and running: the Passion and Politics Lab focuses on processes of political change, such as the Arab Spring, while the Global Wellbeing Lab works on alternative ways of assessing prosperity and quality of life.

In late June, the Global Leadership Academy was presented to participants at the Eleventh German World Bank Group Forum in Berlin, attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Dirk Niebel, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, told the audience, ‘We won’t change the world by pushing ideas to the back of a drawer or filing away concepts for the future – ideas can change things only if they are placed in the hands of individuals with the capacity to put them into practice.’

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