Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)

The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) was established in 1961 as a joint Ghana Government/United Nations (UN) special fund project. Originally named the Institute of Public Administration, it was set up as one of the key strategic institutions to develop the public administrative system, to provide civil servants with administrative and professional competence, and to plan and administer national, regional and local services.

In 1966, the joint sponsorship ended and the UN formally handed over the Institute to the Government of Ghana. In 1969, the Institute was then re-designated as the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration to reflect its expanded functions. For more than 50 years, GIMPA’s activities have been guided by five successive mandates, beginning with the first legislative instrument of 1961 to the current GIMPA Act, 2004 (Act 676).

Each mandate affirmed the status of the Institute as the national management development institute to provide for the study of public administration and management of Ghana. By its latest mandate, GIMPA now offers courses in its areas of competence leading to the award of certificates, diplomas and degrees up to the doctoral level. The areas of competence are defined to include training and education in leadership, management, public administration and technology.

GIMPA’s mission is to maintain a Centre of Excellence for training in public and business administration, by continuously enhancing the capability of middle and top level executives in public and private sectors as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) both in Ghana and internationally, to manage their institutions and enterprises efficiently and effectively. The Institute is accredited by the National Accreditation Board.

Currently GIMPA houses the YALI RLC West Africa its associated programs.

Rainbow Innovations

Rainbow Innovations is the management company for YALI TV and is founded by a YALI Alumni. Registered under the Registrar General’s Department as a Broadcasting & Media, Production, Business Consultancy, Event Planner and Project Management firm.

We are network of expertise in project management, business development, branding, communication strategies, trade event management, Sustainable Development Initiatives and Corporate Social Responsibility Management.


Supporting the progress of the YALI Program, the Accra Regional Leadership Centre (RLC), as part of United States government initiative, Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) RLC, offers innovative and game changing leadership training programs for West Africa. The program is hosted by Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and the first cohort came in 31st July 2014.

The program is two pronged by design with the Emerging Leaders Program targeting Africa’s young leaders and the Executive Leadership Program targeting the more experienced African leader group. The overall program entails a combination of taught content as well as practical and in-the-field leadership engagements.

The Emerging Leaders Program teaches young African leaders about modern leadership over a period of 17 weeks. The program is broken down into four phases – a 5 week coursework phase delivered in-person or online and the remaining 12 weeks distributed equally among a mentorship program, internship or community service, and a report writing period. Focusing on the 5 week coursework phase, it will entail three core courses (Leadership and Accountability, Ethics, and Contemporary issues affecting Africa) and one elective course selected from a sample of three courses covering three themes, namely Entrepreneurship, Public Policy and Management, and Civil Society Management.

The in-person training will be conducted in Ghana at the Accra RLC whereas the on-line course will be available from any location around West Africa. Course facilitators/trainers will be selected from among proven leaders from Africa and around the world. Innovative teaching and training approaches will be used to enhance learner experience and motivation. Various evaluation methods will be employed including self-evaluation/introspection and assessment of individual or group work by the course facilitator.

In order to provide the best experience to online students, the online course platform will offer downloading of training videos, transcripts of lectures as well as lecture notes and reports on field/organizational visits by course participants. Online chat rooms and other communication platforms will be set up to enable learner collaboration (group work, team projects etc.) as well as to allow students engage course facilitators. It is worth noting, however, that the curriculum for both modes of study is the same.

The leadership training program has been developed and will continue to develop partnerships with leading universities from the United States and Ghana, international and local development organizations as well as the private sector in-order to develop and implement a strong and innovative curriculum that will produce transformative leaders in Africa.

The YALI RLC West Africa is a host partner of YALI TV


With the support of USAID and the MasterCard Foundation, the African Center for Higher Education in Management (CESAG) and its main partners (the Synapse Center and the West African Research Center) have established the Regional Leadership Center ( CRL) which offers future leaders in 16 African countries the skills, tools and opportunities to realize their dream, and thus shape the future of the continent.


The YALI DAKAR Regional Leadership Center (CRL) housed within the African Center for Higher Education in Management (CESAG) offers two types of training: hybrid training and distance learning. The hybrid training takes place over 5 weeks: 2 weeks of online training followed by 3 weeks of face-to-face training in Dakar. Distance learning takes place over 8 weeks entirely online and asynchronously. Candidates can take courses in business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership or public management.

Mandela Washington Fellowship


The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2019, the Fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.

YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa

The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa, located at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya serves 14 countries in East and Central Africa: Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Center is overseen by Deloitte East Africa and is supported by a growing number of African and international partners.

Selected participants will engage in leadership training across three tracks of study: (1) Business and Entrepreneurship, (2) Civic Leadership, and (3) Public Management in a 4-week residential format with a focus on individual and team leadership skills, innovation, creative learning, and communication. The program’s emphasis is on interactive and experiential learning which fosters each participant’s ability to contribute both individually and in teams.