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Leticia Taimo

Mozambique & University of Cape Town, 2013

Awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship in 2013 and the Commonwealth Scholarship in 2014 as recognition of my commitment to social change in the African continent. I have been involved in a number of social development projects from a variety of stakeholders (private sector, NGOs, government) in various areas including education and health. Over the past 5 years I have worked specifically in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). Knowledge of African politics and economics and experience in research, policy analysis and report writing for academia and international development organisations in Africa. Interested in policy analysis in the international development sector, specifically related to political economy issues related to education, poverty reduction, inclusive growth, inequality and social protection to ensure secure livelihoods. Also interested in the work of international organisations and think tanks that work with advocacy and policy formulation in these areas. Looking to engage with different stakeholders that can make a contribution to development: NGOs, government, private sector, civil society, etc.


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We look for young Africans who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

On 1 January 2024, I will be between the age of 19 and 29

I am a citizen of an African country

I have an undergraduate degree with above-average academic results (70% + or Upper Second Class Honours)


We look for young leaders who aspire to the principles below and who have demonstrated the potential to live them out.


Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you see leadership as more than just personal ambition - as a way to pursue the advancement of equality and freedom, human rights and human dignity? And do you want to guide and inspire others to reach their full potential?


Do you admire Nelson Mandela’s ability to bridge historic divides through our common humanity? Do you believe that reconciliation and reparation are the key to transforming our societies so that everyone can have equal opportunity to thrive? And are you prepared to begin by grappling with your own internal divides and difficulties first?


Do you have excellent academic results, but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference to others? And do you understand that intellectual excellence must be accompanied by character and a rounded personality?


Do you want to see Africa take its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world? Have you demonstrated individual effort, innovation and creativity to this end?


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