SI Leader Lab – new leadership programme in MENA and South Asia

The Swedish Institute is pleased to announce the launch of SI Leader Lab, a new leadership programme with focus on South Asia and the MENA region.

The programme brings together 60 highly motivated and influential civil society leaders who are active advocates of gender equality. The training is founded on experience-based learning and will allow participants to grow as leaders, develop their advocacy skills, and share knowledge in a network of inspirational peers.

SI Leader Lab follows the Swedish government strategy for capacity development supporting the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. The programme replaces Young Leaders Visitors programme (YLVP) in the MENA region and Young Connectors of the Future (YCF) in South Asia. Training within the new programme is delivered by SI’s knowledge partner Hyper Island.

Participants will be recruited to suit a thematic focus area. This year, we will target leaders from organisations/networks working in the field of gender equality.

The programme is spread over eight months and mixes online meetings with three weeks of intense face-to-face training. The three weeks are divided into two separate assemblies in Sweden (6–19 October 2019 and 23 March – 2 April 2020).

Criteria for participants in SI Leader Lab:

  • Have a leading position (formal or informal) in a civil society organisation or network working for gender equality.
  • Work in a collaborative setting, where you have a leadership role (formal or informal).
  • Are between the age of 22 and 32.
  • Are a citizen of Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, or Yemen
  • Have a proficient command of written and spoken English.

The call for applications will be open 8 April – 7 May 2019. You can find more information regarding the applications process here: