There is a global need to diversify and increase the pipeline of talented, ethical and effective women and men working as public officials across countries and political organisations. Succession planning and leadership renewal are essential to stimulate new ideas and innovation at the frontiers of public policymaking.
In addition to the problem of widespread apathy amongst younger voters, perceptions of governments and the public sector as slow-moving, corrupt, and incompetent drive away talent and limit opportunities for socially-minded leaders to bring their values and expertise to bear on on the most stubborn policy challenges. Routes to election into public office for talented alternative candidates are also often opaque and rife with gatekeeping.
We want to support the development of a diverse, strong network of public leaders to contribute to the development of open, creative and vitally democratic societies everywhere. By engaging and training people to participate in the public life of their countries, Apolitical Academy hopes to revive trust in politics and government and revitalise democracies everywhere.