Ubuntu Global Network

The Ubuntu Global Network is an informal network of Ubuntu Leaders Academy participants, with the aim of developing the values of servant leadership, ethics of care and bridge-building.


Gets its inspiration from world renowned persons of reference namely, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Gandhi and Malala.

The UGN/ULA was founded in 2010, in Portugal, by IPAV (NGO), with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

In 2017 ULA was recognised by the European Union as awardee under the category of the 12 best practices in youth work. In 2019 it won the Education for Human Rights award (from the Organization of Ibero American States).

Ubuntu Leaders Academy

The Ubuntu Leaders Academy (ULA) aims to develop the values of servant leadership, ethics of care and bridge-building in young people with high leadership potential from vulnerable contexts and who seek the common good of their communities.

ULA invites the participants on an inner journey that challenges the way they see themselves and relate to others, becoming able, as Gandhi said, "to fight for the change they want to see in the world, through the Ubuntu Method. It aims to form leaders who are capable of caring, listening, trusting and promoting reconciliation by building bridges and promoting human dignity.

ULA has engaged with around 12,000 youth people from more than 50 countries in 4 continents. Today, the project is present with delegations in 16 countries.

Ubuntu United Nations 

José Ramos Horta




John Volmink




Rym Ali




Marcus Barão




Frank Dennis




Andy Jung




With the goal of promoting reconciliation, building bridges and promoting human dignity, the project has the following objectives:

Empower young people as agents of transformation at the service of communities, promoting the integrated development of skills, with a focus on capacities for servant leadership;

Promote dialogue between and within communities for the promotion of peace and construction of Justice, contributing to the development of more inclusive and resilient societies;

Develop an ethics of care, focused on empathy, attention and responsibility, considering three dimensions: myself, me and the other, me and the world.

Ubuntu Leaders Academy is a initiative promoted by IPAV - Instituto Padre António Vieira

IPAV - Instituto Padre António Vieira is a non-profit Civic Association, recognized as a public utility organization (IPSS) and Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGOD), whose mission is the promotion of human dignity. It is, in Portugal and in the world, amongst the leaders in social innovation for the promotion of human dignity, through specialization in the dynamization of collaborative culture and the promotion of “unity in diversity”. 

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