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New Global Leadership Program

Published: 14 December 2022

Sida, the Swedish Institute and Vinnova have joined forces in a unique effort to develop a global leadership program, Leadership for Transformative Change. The leadership program creates new opportunities for social development in the authorities' partner countries. Uppsala University, in fierce competition with seven other higher education institutions, has been commissioned to implement the program.

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For the implementation of the program, Uppsala University has formed a consortium together with Karolinska Institutet (KI), Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), SALAR International and Business Sweden.

The leadership program will be open to participants from all of the authorities' partner countries and from all sectors of society. The program is based on the participants' and their organizations' own insights into the needs and conditions for community development. The content of the program will be designed in collaboration with the participants themselves with the aim of contributing to transformative social development in the countries of the participants.

- We are happy to be able to support the leadership program and hope that it will attract participants with development ideas that cannot be accommodated in other initiatives. The flexibility built into the program enables us to support development ideas with great potential for results at the societal level, says Alan AtKisson, head of division at Sida.

The leadership program will open its first call for participants in January 2023 and two more calls for proposals are planned until 2025. The program is aimed at individuals in a leadership position with the potential to contribute to sustainable social transformation and may also include participants from Sweden with global perspectives.

- We want to be an innovative force that reinforces ongoing development processes. I am happy that together with Sida and Vinnova we are working to increase Sweden's role and responsibility in that work, says Kurt Bratteby, head of division at the Swedish Institute.

The program is a way to engage more social actors in the work to achieve the global goals (Agenda 2030). It is a global programme, the breadth of partner countries is something that is made possible by the fact that the program is co-financed by the three authorities.

- We want to offer a world-class programme where, by increasing the individuals' ability to lead innovation, we contribute to development that makes a difference to the world, says Fredrik Hörstedt, head of division at Vinnova.

The leadership program can hopefully pave the way for more collaborations within Swedish administration that strengthen Sweden's funding for global development.

For questions about the implementation of the programme, you are welcome to contact Uppsala University, Programansvarig Klas Palm:


Moa Persdotter

Programme manager

+46 8 473 30 17

Last updated 14 December 2022

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