Our history

"Portugal to be born: The world to die."
P. António Vieira


The Collaborative Leadership Academy is a space for learning about collaboration where the skills of collaborative leaders are developed, who promote systemic transformation in the complex contexts in which they serve.

The Ubuntu World Leaders e-Summit brought together more than 500 young leaders from 31 countries during global confinement celebrating the United Nations' International Day of Living Together in Peace.

The Ubuntu Digital Leaders Academy was born in the context of the COVID19 pandemic with global participation editions in Portuguese, Spanish and English.



An initiative promoted by Forum GovInt and its promoters, nationwide, which throughout 2019, intends to mobilize and inspire Portuguese society for the strategic relevance of collaboration.

The Ubuntu Leaders Academy was adapted for schools, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Organization of Ibero-American States and with the support of several municipalities (Lisbon, Sintra, Gaia, Odemira ...) and the Active Citizens Program.



The Ubuntu Leaders Academy is spread across the world, from South America to Asia, through a process of internationalization and replication of the Ubuntu methodology that has already surpassed 10,000 participants in 15 countries, through the training of trainers and organizations.



The GovInt project arrives in Guinea-Bissau, training people and organizations in collaborative methodologies and working with several Civil Society organizations in 4 regions.

The Atlantic Front project starts, within the scope of Community Based Local Development. Strategic and operational consultation between partners to address the problems of poverty, social exclusion and school dropout, with an emphasis on measures of innovation and social entrepreneurship in disadvantaged urban areas in Porto, Gaia and Matosinhos.


Creation of PAR - Refugee Support Platform, bringing together more than 300 institutions, as a response from Civil Society to the refugee crisis in Europe. The IPAV was designed to coordinate this platform with a special emphasis on the strategy of welcoming and integrating refugees through the creation of a network of Host Institutions to welcome newly arrived families.
PAR has also developed volunteer activities in Greece, as well as national communication and awareness-raising activities on the subject.



An informal collaborative network of public and private institutions that understood to cooperate for reflection and action in the resolution of complex social problems through models of integrated governance, which allow greater effectiveness and efficiency.

The Ubuntu Academy arrives in Guinea-Bissau where it develops a deep work of training for leadership and social entrepreneurship with about 70 young people.


Project to promote democratic values by placing Education for Justice and Law as a fundamental civic tool in a rule of law.

Social inclusion program through storytelling methodology (structuring and presenting, in the first person, life stories of young people) with particular attention to those from vulnerable contexts.



Integrated Governance Project that aims to create in the parish of Avenidas Novas the social conscience, of the population and of the institutions based in the parish, so that they are involved in solving the main social needs of the territory, in a collaborative way.
Project promoted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon City Council and Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa.


Innovative project to stimulate informal groups of unemployed people who, meeting periodically, promote active job search, in which all group members collaborate and help each other.

Mapping of national innovation and social entrepreneurship initiatives.
Developed by IPAV and IES.



Ubuntu Social Incubator

Project in the field of social innovation, which aimed to transform ideas into social entrepreneurship projects, open to participants in the 1st phase of Academia Ubuntu, who were challenged to present ideas in the fields of combating exclusion, with particular attention to the issues of children and young people at risk and youth unemployment.


Beginning of the first Ubuntu Academy, for 50 young people from migrant communities, from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in the Lisbon region.



Commemorations of P. António Vieira

Commemorations of the IV Centenary of the birth of P. António Vieira marked with a set of initiatives in the city of Lisbon and across the country.


"Uma Mesa com Lugar para Todos"

Publication of the book "A Table with a Place for All ", by Rui Marques.



13th of Decembre of 2004

IPAV is founded as a non-profit association for the purposes of reflection, training and action in the field of promoting human dignity, diversity and dialogue between civilizations and cultures.


IPAV - INSTITUTO PADRE ANTÓNIO VIEIRA is a non-profit civic association, recognized as a public utility organization (IPSS) and a Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), whose mission is the promotion of human dignity. It is a leading organization in social innovation and a specialist in collaborative culture promoting "unity in diversity", in Portugal and in the world.


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