The Ben Delo Commonwealth Leadership Programme Launch


Ben Delo Opening Remarks 


On Thursday, May 11th, 2023, the Malawi High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Thomas Bisika attended the launch of the Ben Delo Scholarship for Civil Servants.

The Ben Delo Scholarship for Civil Servants is a new programme that aims to provide mid-career civil servants of Commonwealth member states with the opportunity to study online short courses at the International School for Government at King’s College London. The programme is funded by British entrepreneur, mathematician and philanthropist Ben Delo, who believes that the Commonwealth is an increasingly important international network that strengthens connections, shares knowledge and skills, and spreads prosperity.

The programme offers civil servants from across the Commonwealth the chance to study from the diverse curriculum of post-graduate level, online, four-week short courses, all designed to build impact and effectiveness across policymaking and good governance. The courses blend academic rigour and practical application to equip Commonwealth civil servants with the skills they need to optimise their professional impact and effectiveness, and advance in their careers. Each course has been developed by leading academics in partnership with digital entrepreneurs, politicians, policymakers, design experts and other practitioners.


The programme aims to support as many as 100 students in the 2023 calendar year. In order to be eligible, candidates must be civil servants of Commonwealth countries (which includes British Overseas Territories) and have at least three years’ relevant work experience.

The Ben Delo Scholarship for Civil Servants is a testament to Ben Delo’s vision and generosity, as well as King’s College London’s commitment to providing opportunities for talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required to advance in their careers. The programme is expected to have a positive impact on the development and career prospects of some of the Commonwealth’s most promising public sector professionals, as well as on the quality and effectiveness of public policies and services in their respective countries.

Amongst the invited dignitaries was Her Excellency Kisha Abba Grant, High Commissioner for Grenada and Ms Janet Charles, Acting High Commissioner for Dominica. Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, Secretary General of the Commonwealth was the Guest of Honour.