2017 Ibrahim Governance Weekend

2017 Ibrahim Governance Weekend

Marrakech, Morocco

The Ibrahim Governance Weekend (IGW) brings together leading voices from across Africa and beyond to discuss issues of critical importance to the continent’s progress.

2017 IGW highlights

2017 IGW events

African Leadership Ceremony

Friday, 7 April

The 2017 Ibrahim Governance Weekend began with A Conversation on Leadership in Marrakesh on Friday, 7 April.

This evening ceremony focused on leadership in the 21st century. The globalised world we share today appears threatened by a democratic recession and multiple security challenges, with autocratic leaders seducing increasingly concerned and disillusioned electors. The participants reflected on this evolution and considered the meaning, values and necessary qualities of leadership today and what they should be.

The evening feature a conversation by prominent leaders and live music from renowned African artists Youssour NDour, Angelique Kidjo, Hindi Zahra and Hugh Masekela.

Guest Speakers:

  • President Horst Koehler, former President of Germany
  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Ibrahim Forum: Africa at a Tipping Point

Saturday, 8 April

The 2017 Ibrahim Forum took place on 8 April in Marrakesh, Morocco. The focus was on three main interlinking challenges:

  • violent extremism and migration
  • participation and democracy
  • inclusive economic growth and jobs for youth.

2017 Forum Report

Africa at a tipping point

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Mo Ibrahim in conversation with Kofi Annan

Session 1: The appeal of violent extremism and migrations

Moderator: Jendayi Frazer, President, CEO of 50 Ventures, LLC

Youssef Amrani Member of The Royal Cabinet
Jean-Marie Guehenno President and CEO of the International Crisis Group
Martin Kobler Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya
Lamido Sanusi Emir of Kano

Mo Ibrahim in conversation with Bono

Session 2: The risk of a democratic recession

Moderator: Zeinab Badawi, BBC Presenter; Chair of the Royal African Society

Abdoulaye Bathily Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA)
Sello Hatang Chief Executive, The Nelson Mandela Foundation
Mark Malloch-Brown Chair of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission
Amina J. Mohammed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Mo Ibrahim in Conversation with Paul Polman

Session 3: The need for inclusive economic growth and jobs for Africa’s youth

Moderator: Abdelmalek Alaoui, Author; Founder and CEO of Guepard Group

Akinwumi Adesina President of the African Development Bank (AfDB)
Moulay Hafid El Alamy President and Founder of Saham Group; Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy of Morocco
Aliko Dangote President and Chief Executive of the Dangote Group
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Chair of the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI); Senior Advisor at Lazard

Football Match

Sunday, 9 April

Five-time CAF Champions League winners TP Mazembe played Kawkab Marakech in the Ibrahim Governance Cup.

The match was played at Kawkab’s home ground, Grand Stade de Marrakech.

Winning goal


Sunday, 9 April

A host of stars from Morocco and across Africa joined us at Morocco’s Grand Stade de Marrakech for a fabulous concert from on Sunday, 9 April 2017.


  • Youssou NDour
  • Angelique Kidjo
  • Hoba Hoba Spirit
  • Hindi Zahra
  • Hamid El kasri
  • Van.

2017 concert

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