Deadline: October 9, 2020

Applications for the ABE Initiative Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Global Leader Masters and PhD Program 2021 are now open. The SDGs Global Leader Program aims to capacitate young or mid-career human resources who are contributing towards addressing challenges faced in various fields through strengthening the collaboration between Africa and Japan, and through the implementation of political strategic decision-making and implementation.

Prospective applicants should ideally be middle-management government officials or academics who wish to be involved in policy formulation, political and development issues, and who are passionate about making a difference in public policy administration and economics.

Furthermore, participants of the programme may wish to participate in “Additional Programmes” which allow for participation to networking fairs with Japanese enterprises and internship opportunities. Participants are also encouraged to participate in the Japan Development Studies Programme (JICA-DSP), which provides knowledge on Japan’s modernisation, World War II, and development experiences.


Applicants must:

  • Be less than 40 (before April 1, 2021).
  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree (B-Tech included) with honours or equivalent to NQF8 and average of 65% in academic transcripts for Master’s Degree.
  • Must hold Master degree (NQF9) and minimum average of 65% in academic transcripts for Doctor’s Degree.
  • Have more than six months working experience in the current organization.
  • Must obtain permission to apply and secure reinstatement from the current organization.
  • Must have adequate English skills in both written and oral communication.


Applicant should go through the following documents:

Email marked PDF files of application documents (Less than 4MB in a mail) and submit the original documents to the following address:

ABE Program

Japan International Cooperation Agency
JICA South Africa Office
Lord Charles Office Block, Building B, 1st Floor 337
Brooklyn Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria 0081
P.O.Box 14068, Hatfield, 0028
Republic of South Africa

For more information, visit ABE Initiative.

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