Apolitical Academy empowers a new generation of transformational public leaders to restore people’s trust in government and catalyze society’s capacity to solve the great challenges of our time.
Founded in 2018 as an independent, non-profit venture by the Daniel Sachs Foundation and Apolitical Foundation the Apolitical Academy offers regional and global non-partisan fellowship programs to prepare diverse groups of ethical and innovative leaders for the public service.
The Institutional Trust Crisis
Faith in politics and government is waning all over the world. The growing gap of distrust between citizens and political elites gives rise to populism and polarization that undermine our ability to tackle the great challenges of our time.
Facing the need for urgent action young people take to the streets, protesting the inability of political leaders to solve the pressing problems of today, engage online or turn to socially responsible companies to bypass slow-moving governments.
Built to Scale
Apolitical Academy aims to channel civic engagement of young people to the public service. By engaging and training young leaders the Academy provides personal and professional tools to prepare fellows for a future in the public life of their countries.
Headed by Lindiwe Mazibuko, former member of parliament and the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, the Academy currently runs a regional program in Southern Africa and a global master program in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. The goal is to establish five additional programs globally 2020-2022, adding 420 fellows to the current 130.