The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is a world-class African policy school and a beacon for academic leadership training and excellence in research. We want to uphold and grow the legacy of Nelson Mandela in order to shape ethical and strategic future leaders.

Our influence

We have a pan-African agenda, focusing on challenges around economic transformation, climate change, technology and geo-political tension. Our mission is to ensure Africans can be agents of change locally and globally, participating on a world stage.

We develop our graduates’ competencies as motivated, self-regulated lifelong learners in today’s technological age and ensure that they can devise their own learning strategies for sustained independent academic and professional development.

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Nelson Mandela is our inspiration and role model. He showed us the style of leadership, the priorities, and the humanity that our leaders need to have.

Prof Carlos Lopes, Honorary Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance


Ways to give: Be a part of the legacy!

We need your support to fund academic programmes, conduct research, and stimulate debates around the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

Your donation will go directly toward: 

  • Tuition fees
  • Essential academic materials and resources
  • Living expenses and accommodation 
  • Leadership development and mentorship programmes

We are grateful for your support in empowering the next generation of African leaders.


Donations to the school can be made effortlessly through GivenGain. You can contribute any amount you choose, with funds directed towards tuition fees, academic materials and more.

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Our partners

We have the fortune of receiving external support from our donors and partners. Your donation is a part of a greater ecosystem that keeps us going.

Atlantic Institute
African Climate Foundation (ACF)
AfCFTA Secretariat

Our impact

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