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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Are there Any Fair-Minded Honest African Politicians

The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Fair-minded Honest African Politicians, the Ibrahim Prize winner gets $5 million spread over 10 years, then $200,000 per year after that for life, plus another $200,000 per year to direct to any cause he or she wants.


Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim is a very successful Sudanese entrepreneur.
Mo Ibrahim
Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim is a very successful Sudanese entrepreneur. He sold his company in 2005 with a profit of $640 million. 

Since 2006, Mo Ibrahim $100 million foundation funds an annual prize for the most honest African leader. Ibrahim believes that "nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important to African development than good governance."

"When I first started talking about the potential for investment and business opportunities in Africa some 20 years ago, I found myself an isolated voice. That turned out to be good for me – and the few others who saw, invested, and reaped wonderful rewards from that potential – but not so good for the continent."  -Mo Ibrahim

According to the foundation's website “The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent. The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organization, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:

  • Ibrahim Index of African Governance
  • Ibrahim Prize
  • Ibrahim Forum
  • Fellowships & Scholarships

About the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

One of the founding initiatives of the Foundation, the Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee composed of eminent figures, including two Nobel Laureates.

The Ibrahim Prize recognizes and celebrates African leaders who have developed their countries, lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity highlights exceptional role models for the continent ensures that Africa continues to benefit from the experience and expertise of exceptional leaders when they leave national office, by enabling them to continue in other public roles on the continent

Criteria:
  • Former African Executive Head of State or Government
  • Left office in the last three years
  • Democratically elected
  • Served his/her constitutionally mandated term
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership


Past Winners of the Ibrahim Prize:
  • Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 2007
  • Festus Mogae of Botswana in 2008
  • In 2009, 2010 and 2013 there was no winner
  • Pedro Verona Pires of Cape Verde in 2011
  • 2012 the foundation awarded Archbishop Desmond Tutu a one-off $1 million special prize for his lifelong commitment towards "speaking truth to power."

  • President Hifikepunye Pohamba Namibia 2014

According to the foundation, the Ibrahim Prize winner gets $5 million spread over 10 years, then $200,000 per year after that for life, plus another $200,000 per year to direct to any cause he or she wants.

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