The concepts of leadership and governance encompass strategic direction, plans and policies, effective oversight, regulation, motivation, and partnerships that integrate all social and economic  systems building blocks to achieve results.Leadership involves strategically developing and implementing plans and policies with accountability and transparency. Good leadership, which requires the ability to face challenges to achieve results in complex conditions, can and should be practiced at all levels.

Principles of Good governance include:

    • Participation
    • Rule of law
    • Transparency
    • Responsiveness
    • Consensus oriented
    • Equity and inclusiveness
    • Effectiveness and efficiency
    • Accountability

Qualities of good governance and leadership include:

    • Accountability
    • Openness and Integrity
    • Communication
    • Values and Community
    • Perspective and Balance
    • Power and influence
    • Humility

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is an African foundation with one focus: the critical importance of governance and leadership in Africa.The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa.

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