Train young leaders and consolidate the process of development in Cabo Verde and Africa


The IPP has as mission the fostering of innovative approaches (ways of thinking) to the discrepancies and challenges faced by political and leadership institutions in Cabo Verde and in Africa, by way of research, dialogue, and incentive for the implementation of innovative policies and capacity-building activities focused on issues of governance, rule of law and political and social leadership in Cabo Verde and in Africa.


The IPP is founded on the following values, which guide it in pursuing its mandate:

Excellence – rigor and the search for excellence, seeking to constantly maintain a high level of execution;
Inclusion and Pluralism – promotion of and respect for the diversity of ideas and opinions;
Innovation – in both approach and thought;

Sharing – of knowledge, of ideas, of thoughts and of perspectives;
Citizenship Awareness – aimed at greater and wider participation on the part of civil society in opinion- and public policy-making.



The participants in the training courses for the leadership of the IPP are familiar with efficient practices, creative and inclusive leadership and able to face the challenges related to development, peace and security and improvement of the democratic process.
These training courses are aimed primarily at young people of Portuguese speaking countries acting in various sectors (public, private, civil society).
The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of current and future leaders, empowering them with the skills necessary to foster in an efficient and sustainable manner, progress and development.
Thus, training and capacity building programs are facing primarily to: (i) basic principles of leadership, (ii) development management, (iii) entrepreneurship, (iv) civic engagement and (v) democratic governance.

General Purposes
  • Strengthen the highest standards and ethical principles, also values in line with democratic governance, human rights, gender equality and sustainable and inclusive development in order to positively influence the attitudes and the practices of the current and next generation young leaders in the Portuguese-speaking countries.
  • Strengthen the build capacity for leadership and practical skills, promoting innovation and the efficient management of social, political and economic transformation.


Created in 2014, the Strategic Dialogue IPP is an annual one-day event, which brings together, in Cabo Verde, experts and stakeholders from different areas and nationalities.
These dialogues are open to the public and discuss themes that careful scrutiny and informed is expected to contribute to the formulation / reformulation of sensible policies, consistent with the reality on which they intend to act.
The first IPP Strategic Dialogue held in May 2014 in Praia, under the theme "Citizenship and Regional Integration" and had as prominent African personalities speakers such as Thabo Mbeki, Mo Ibrahim, Lopo do Nascimento, among others. The second Strategic Dialogue IPP was held in May 2015, also in Praia, under the theme "Innovation in Development Management" and had as speakers Domingos Simões Pereira, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Cristovam Buarque, among others.

Overall Objectives
  • Create a space for high-level dialogue and reflection on issues of critical importance to Cabo Verde, for Africa and for the world.
  • Strengthen the exercise of citizenship, especially within the Cabo Verdean society.
  • Contribute to a truly participatory democracy.
The Institute will house a Presidential Archive, gathering papers and documents relating to the political career of President Pedro Pires, becoming a resource center that would attract national and international researchers.

Pedro Pires, Combatants of the Homeland Freedom, Cabo Verde's Prime Minister from 1975-1991 and President from 2001-2011, by the roles he played, accumulated a large amount of documents with contents, different shapes and supports, constituting a valuable documentary collection. This important collection will be welcomed by the IPP.
They are rare, original or unique materials currently stored at the Institute and at the residence of his patron, and that lack of proper treatment and organization.
Their organization, storage, computerization and available for public consultation, will be a valuable contribution of the IPP in the dissemination of relevant moments in the political history of the country.


> Board of Directors

Pedro Pires

Freedom fighter, he has headed the PAIGC delegation to negotiate the independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cabo Verde. From 1975 to 1991 he was prime minister of Cabo Verde. From 2001 to 2011 he was President of the Republic of Cabo Verde. Winner of the Mo Ibrahim Prize at the end of its mandate, recognizing their role in the development of Cabo Verde. He is currently chairman of Amilcar Cabral Foundation.

Pedro Pires
Indira Pires

Law degree from the University of Coimbra in 2003. From 2004 to 2009 she was advisor to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In the private sector, she worked at Prime Consulting from 2010 to 2012. Member of the Amilcar Cabral Foundation.

Indira Pires
Executive Director
Djalita Fialho

Degree in Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. Degree in Management from the University of Massachusetts Boston (with Minor in Economics), postgraduate degree in Management from Harvard University, and Master degree in International Cooperation and Development from the School of Economics and Management (ISEG), Technical University of Lisbon. Worked at the Cooperation Department of the Executive Secretariat of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), in Lisbon, and at the Permanent Missions of Cabo Verde and Portugal to the UN in New York.

Djalita Fialho
Board member

> Advisory Board

Antonieta Auselinda da Conceição Lopes

Claudia Sofia Marques Rodrigues

Tatiana Rodrigues Pires Pereira Neves

Olugbenga Adesida

Arlinda Chantre

Angelo Barbosa

Helena Maria de Jesus Elias Curado Tolentino

João Resende-Santos

Harold César Silva Tavares

Luís de Matos Monteiro da Fonseca

Helder Santos


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