Mo Ibrahim 2011 African leadership prize up for grasp
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation will on Monday launch the 5th Index of African Governance and announce this year’s Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
A statement received by WADR says the event also marks the fifth anniversary of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
Established in 2007, the Ibrahim Index is said to be the most comprehensive collection of qualitative and quantitative data that provides an annual assessment of governance performance in every African country.
The Ibrahim Prize is the largest individual award in the world – worth five million US dollars over ten years and two hundred thousand US dollars a year for life.
The Prize is conferred by an independent Prize Committee made up of global figures, and it’s awarded to a former executive Head of State or Government for demonstrating excellence and exceptional leadership.
Among other things, the index provides a framework and tools for citizens, public authorities and partners to assess progress in governance.
It compiles 86 indicators into 14 sub-categories and four overreaching categories to measure the effective delivery of public goods and services to African citizens, using indicators from 23 data providers.
The Index is compiled by a research team of experts based at the Foundation, supported by a Technical Committee.
They include representatives from Afrobarometer, the American University in Cairo, the Brookings Institution, the Centre for Democratic Development Ghana, CODESRIA, and the Institute for Research in Empirical Political Economy.
Previous Laureates include Festus Mogae (2008), former President of Botswana, Joaquim Chissano (2007), former President of Mozambique, and Nelson Mandela who was made an Honorary Laureate in recognition of his extraordinary leadership qualities and achievements.
In 2009 and 2010, the Ibrahim Prize was not awarded by the Prize Committee.