Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
The Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership is awarded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to African heads of state or government who deliver security, health, education and economic development to their constituents, and who democratically transfer power to their successor. It was sponsored by Mo Ibrahim, a businessman born in Sudan. According to Ibrahim, "Good governance is crucial." With a US$5 million initial payment, plus $200,000 a year for life, the prize is believed to be the world's largest, exceeding the $1.3m Nobel Peace Prize. Former South African President Nelson Mandela, former United States President Bill Clinton, and former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan are among those who have welcomed the initiative.
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership was awarded in 2007, 2008 and 2011. Former South African president Nelson Mandela was an honorary laureate.
|2007||Joaquim Chissano||Mozambique||2005||for "his role in leading Mozambique from conflict to peace and democracy."|
|2008||Festus Mogae||Botswana||2008||“President Mogae’s outstanding leadership has ensured Botswana’s continued stability and prosperity in the face of an HIV/AIDS pandemic which threatened the future of his country and people."|
|2011||Pedro Pires||Cape Verde||2011|
|2012||No award||Selection committee chairman Salim Ahmed Salim stated there were no suitable candidates. He stated that "The economy has been moving forward relentlessly. However, economic development does not give us a reason to be a little complacent about participation and the human rights of people.”|
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- "Festus Mogae wins Ibrahim Prize". BBC News. 20 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
- "No award". 19 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- "Cape Verde ex-leader Pedro Pires wins Mo Ibrahim prize". BBC News. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- McGregor, Sarah (15 October 2012). "Mo Ibrahim Foundation Picks No Winner for African Leader Award". Bloomberg News.
- "Mo Ibrahim African leaders prize unclaimed again". BBC News. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-14.