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Our mission is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa.

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is one of Nelson Mandela’s three official legacy organisations, founded in 2003 in partnership with the Rhodes Trust. We find, fund, and empower young Africans who aspire towards the kind of leadership Mr Mandela embodied: leaders who can bridge historic divides and who use their talents for the betterment of their societies and our continent.

We do this by providing a postgraduate scholarship for young leaders to study in South Africa, an experience which is accompanied by a residential Leadership Development Programme. We believe that leadership begins with inner transformation, and our Programmes are built on our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship and leadership.

“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”

— Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 2004

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Our story →

Learn about the history of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, and find out more about our Founding Patron Nelson Mandela.

Governance & Staff →

Get to know the people who run and oversee the Mandela Rhodes Foundation

Donors & Partners →

Find out about our donors, and how you can support the Foundation.


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