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Ibrahim Foundation announces decision not to award 2010 Ibrahim
Mo Ibrahim Foundation
June 16, 2010
to fund Leadership Fellowships for next generation of African leaders
The Prize Committee met
yesterday to discuss the award of the 2010 Mo Ibrahim Prize. Following
its deliberations, the Prize Committee informed the Board of the
Foundation that it had not selected a winner.
Last year the Prize Committee
announced that it had considered some credible candidates, but after
in depth review could not select a winner. This year the Prize Committee
told the Board that there had been no new candidates or new developments
and that therefore no selection of a winner had been made.
The Ibrahim Prize recognises
and celebrates excellence in African leadership. The prize is awarded
to a democratically elected former African Executive Head of State
or Government who has served their term in office within the limits
set by the country's constitution and has left office in the last
The first winner of the
Prize was Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique in 2007,
followed by Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana in 2008.
In addition Nelson Mandela was made an Honorary Laureate in 2007.
Responding to the Prize
Committee's decision, Mo Ibrahim, the founder and Chairman
of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said:
"The Board respects
the decision of the Prize Committee not to select a winner for the
2010 prize. The Prize Committee, which is independent from the Board,
is a unique repository of experience and expertise.
is a winner or not, the purpose of the Foundation is to challenge
those in Africa and across the world to debate what constitutes
excellence in leadership.
set for the Prize winner are high, and the number of potential candidates
each year is small. So it is likely that there will be years when
no Prize is awarded. In the current year, no new candidates emerged.
"Many African countries
are making great strides not just economically, but also in terms
of their governance. The Ibrahim Index, which measures the performance
of African countries across around 80 governance criteria, indicates
that the overall standard of governance is improving.
the Foundation is anything but complacent about the standards of
governance in Africa. Its mission is to improve governance and nurture
leadership in Africa. It is clear that much more needs to be done.
It is for that reason that the Foundation has decided to promote
"For example, the
Foundation will shortly be launching the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships,
a selective programme designed to identify and prepare the next
generation of outstanding African leaders by providing them with
mentoring opportunities in key multilateral institutions. The programme
will seek to attract a number of highly qualified and talented professionals
each year to serve in leading institutions whose core objective
to improve the prospects of the people of Africa.
is currently working with pan-African organisations to design the
fellowships. It will announce further details of them at the Foundation's
annual celebration and forum on governance to be held in Mauritius
in November. Applications will open shortly afterwards and we expect
the first Leadership Fellows to begin their Fellowships early next
of promoting good African leadership is more important than ever.
Good governance is crucial if African people are to share in the
strong economic growth that many are predicting for Africa. There
are many ways to support great leadership. The prize is one such
way, the fellowships will be another."
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