Kigali to host Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend


KIGALI, RWANDA- The Mo Ibrahim Foundation will hold its annual flagship event, the Ibrahim Governance Weekend (IGW), between 27 and 29 April 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.


The IGW brings together a powerful coalition of organisations and individuals – from Africa and around the world – for an informed and frank dialogue around governance and leadership in Africa.

On Friday, 27th April 2018, the annual Leadership Ceremony will focus this year on celebrating the 2017 Ibrahim Laureate, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia. President Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and Chair of the African Union, will also deliver a keynote speech on leadership.

Saturday, 28th April 2018, will be dedicated to the Ibrahim Forum, a high-level discussion on Public Service in 21st Century Africa. Young representatives from all over the continent will be actively participating in these discussions after having debated the topic, a day before, in the Next Generation Forum, a closed session and a first of its kind in the IGWs.

The IGW will conclude with a concert, open to the public, showcasing some of the best performers of the continent.

Thursday, 26 April

o   Media Briefing (10:00-11:30 GMT/ 12:00 – 13:30 CAT)

Open to all media, pre-registration required

Friday, 27 April

o   Next Generation Forum (09:00-13:00 GMT/11:00 – 15:00 CAT)


o   Leadership Ceremony (20:30-22:00 GMT/ 22:30-00:00 CAT)

Saturday, 28 April

o   Ibrahim Forum (09:00-17:30 GMT/ 11:00 – 19:30 CAT)

The Ibrahim Forum will focus this year on Public Service in 21st century Africa: its key relation to good governance and effective leadership, its new challenges and current shortcomings, the ways and means to strengthen it and make it appealing to the next generation.

Without strong public services and committed civil servants, at local, national, regional or continental levels, there will be no efficient delivery of expected public goods and services, nor implementation of any commitment, however strongly voiced.

Alongside the Foundation’s schedule, guest organisations, including the Africa Philanthropy Forum, International Crisis Group, Open Government Partnership, The B Team, The Africa Report Debates and Women in Political Leadership Forum will hold parallel events and meetings, from Friday morning to Sunday evening. Details and registration are available on the MIF website.