University of Minnesota




Location of Organization/Basic Contact Information:




Program website:

5021 Vernon Avenue South, PMB 136
Minneapolis, MN 55436
Phone: (612) 340-0250

NGO Corporate Address                                                      
International Leadership Institute                                         
Chuckuemeka & Associates, LLC
Two Apple Tree Square, Suite 250
8011 34th Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55425


ILI Resource Center
430 Oak Grove, Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55403



Organization Mission Statement:

ILI is dedicated to providing partnerships in infrastructure, rule of law, and educational development projects throughout the world that focus on people and nations in transition. The Institute's mission is to facilitate interaction in world affairs and foster intercultural communication among Minnesotans, international organizations and people in other countries.

What are the basic goals of the organization?


The International Leadership Institute was established in 1994 to increase and strengthen international interchange and understanding between Minnesota and the world, with the goal of empowering communities of color by promoting leadership, justice, peace, and democracy. Facilitate interaction in world affairs and foster intercultural communication among Minnesotans, international organizations and people in other countries.

The Institute plans to provide and develop a global informational and educational exchange of people, ideas, and technology with a local focus on the economically disadvantaged families located throughout Minneapolis and the Phillips neighborhood, which represents Hmong, African American, East African, and Native American populations.                                                                            



By seeking long-term solutions, the International Leadership Institute promotes partnerships in order to empower self-reliance and independence among communities and individuals.


The International Leadership Institute directs the efforts of professionals, and others who share a commitment to social justice, representative democracy, and nurturing community leadership. The professionals who work through the Institute to improve their communities are widely experienced in international travel, providing technical assistance in diverse forms, from teaching to business consulting. The Institute relies upon the expertise of skilled professionals and upon cooperation with other organizations to identify and fill gaps in existing community services.

The Institute promotes partnerships in infrastructure, rule of law, and education development projects throughout the world. Utilizing resources from both the public and private sectors, it focuses on reaching people in the least developed nations of the world and restoring services in countries ravaged by war. The Institute's programs focus on improving the justice and education systems in host countries.

To this end, the Institute undertakes educational programs for children in science and computer technology building anti-corruption mechanisms within the judicial systems, and fostering economic development where immediate, as well as, long-term solutions are needed. The Institute develops and works on sustainable interventions that require the active collaboration of host country organizations in project planning, implementation and financing.       



The International Leadership Institute (ILI) views the strengthening of democratic governance as a critical component of its mission. ILI’s governance programs seek to promote - - in nations in transition - - effective public sector institutions and processes that operate in a manner consistent with democratic values of transparency, representation, pluralism and accountability. By improving governance institutions and processes, ILI seeks to ensure that progress in other areas of democratic development, such as elections, citizen participation and effective judicial systems become the foundation for national and local governance. Informal citizen participation is essential to sustain democratic reform.

ILI’s democratic governance programming emphasizes the political dimension of democratic governance within four main practice areas, each of which are described in greater detail on the linked web pages to the left and below:

1.  Does this organization take volunteers?


What are the expectations/minimum requirements for volunteers in this organization?



The ILI is a vital organization, reaching out to many international groups around the world and metropolitan area. Providing resources is our work for communities in transition. Volunteers, private donors, grants, and event fundraisers support the Institute's programs.

How to Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities: The ILI relies on volunteers at the resource center to do research, grant writing, plan events, produce publications, raise funds, and speak to community groups about programs and missions. If you would like to put your special skills to work please call 612/340-0340 or email:


2.  Does this organization take interns?


What are the expectations/minimum requirements to obtain an internship with this organization? 


The following educational opportunities are available through the ILI:


ILI Fellowships

Esperanza Guerrero -Anderson International Fellowship
This fellowship focuses on research in the Nicaragua and the Caribbean Basin to encourage persons from the business community to improve social conditions and sustainable business growth and programs.

William R. Kennedy International Fellowship
In honor of Mr. Kennedy's service as a founding ILI board member. This fellowship has been established for international rule of law, fact-finding research on behalf of poor and marginalized people in developing nations, working in partnership with ILI technical assistance programs.


Information about either of these fellowships can be obtained by emailing:



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