“GLF provides quiet, experienced and confidential advice and counsel to leaders around the world with a recognised need for such help.  Disinterested support is a rare and precious commodity and GLF is unique in making it available”.

Thomas R. Pickering, GLF Member
Thomas R. Pickering
GLF Member

“Good governance does not succeed in one day. It needs good institutions, people with leadership, intelligence and humility, a vibrant and critical public opinion and... a little dose of chance and success”.

Pascal Couchepin, GLF Member

Pascal Couchepin
GLF Member

“I was delighted to learn about GLF’s work and purpose, particularly its aim to provide discreet advice and confidential assistance to Heads of Government who can profit from the wise counsel of your distinguished group. It is a much needed asset, particularly as many of the world’s intractable problems require strong and effective leadership, detailed knowledge and courage on the part of governments and international institutions”.

Kofi Annan
Former Secretary General of the United Nations

Principles and Projects

GLF Principles

The Global Leadership Foundation is a group of former leaders from around the world who work discreetly on governance and conflict issues in troubled countries.

A not-for-profit foundation registered in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland, the Global Leadership Foundation is  not aligned with any government and is independent of any private, corporate or commercial interest.

Its core principles are Discretion, Trust, Integrity, Neutrality and Independence.

GLF Discretion: GLF does not publicize the countries in which it works unless a leader with whom it is working wishes to make GLF’s involvement public;

GLF Trust: GLF works closely with the UN and the World Bank/IMF and with other INGOs working in the field of conflict prevention and development;

GLF Integrity: Members are of the highest probity, have no further political ambition and are not seeking personal publicity or financial gain;

GLF Neutrality: GLF has no agenda of its own or of any government or organization. Any advice is confidential and impartial, given personally by individual GLF members, drawing on their own personal experience;

GLF Independence: GLF does not receive core funding money from governments, or large donations from any single corporate donor.
 

GLF Projects

GLF will consider requests from any government that is committed to, or aspires to, the principles of democratic institutions, human rights, open markets and the rule of law.

Since its establishment in 2004, GLF has worked in 20 countries around the world and made a definable difference in a number of areas, such as:

  • Elections
  • Economic reform
  • Development of democratic institutions
  • Trade
  • Security sector reform
  • Confronting a terrorist organization and release of hostages
  • Regional security
  • Access for humanitarian aid
  • Political reconciliation and implementation of international agreements
  • Efficient governance

When specialist technical advice is required GLF can mobilise outside expertise, drawing on its extensive network of supporters. To date Project Teams have included specialists in the following fields: macro-economic management, micro-financing, resource management, election management, parliamentary practice, public administration, security sector modernisation and primary health care.

GLF maintains contact with the World Bank, IMF, UNDP and through its projects has worked with many like-minded NGOs in the governance and conflict management field, such as the Ford Foundation, Club of Madrid, HD Centre and the Kofi Annan Foundation.   Past projects have had the support of the governments of Switzerland, Finland and Canada.

 

“GLF provides quiet, experienced and confidential advice and counsel to leaders around the world with a recognised need for such help.  Disinterested support is a rare and precious commodity and GLF is unique in making it available”.

Thomas R. Pickering, GLF Member
Thomas R. Pickering
GLF Member

“Good governance does not succeed in one day. It needs good institutions, people with leadership, intelligence and humility, a vibrant and critical public opinion and... a little dose of chance and success”.

Pascal Couchepin, GLF Member

Pascal Couchepin
GLF Member

“I was delighted to learn about GLF’s work and purpose, particularly its aim to provide discreet advice and confidential assistance to Heads of Government who can profit from the wise counsel of your distinguished group. It is a much needed asset, particularly as many of the world’s intractable problems require strong and effective leadership, detailed knowledge and courage on the part of governments and international institutions”.

Kofi Annan
Former Secretary General of the United Nations

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