The Kofi Annan Foundation and the Democracy and Culture Foundation invite nominations for the inaugural Kofi Annan NextGen Democracy Award. The Kofi Annan NextGen Democracy Prize aims to:
- Recognise exceptional intellectual and/or “in action” leadership shown by a young activist in defending, promoting or renewing democracy;
- Support the recipient of the prize, including with a one-year mentorship with a recognised democracy expert or senior leader;
- Inspire young people to commit to the advancement of democracy.
Organizer: Kofi Annan Foundation
Eligible Country: Africans
Application Closing Date: 31 March 2023
- Nominees must be aged between 18 and 30 at the time of nomination. There are no restrictions in terms of nationality, gender, or occupation.
- The Selection Committee will consider the following when deciding the winner:
Impact: The nominee’s actions had a demonstrated outcome, for instance, a change in policy in a given country, the rate of participation in elections, the number of people reached through a specific campaign, the number of users of a specific application, the number of students gaining a wider understanding of the importance of the democratic process, the number of community associations engaged in an educational campaign etc.
Innovation: The innovative character of these actions.
Sustainability: Whether the nominee has advanced the cause of democracy and human rights for a sustained period of one-year minimum, and whether her/his actions are sustainable over time and replicable in other contexts;
Values: The values displayed by the Nominee through her/his actions.
Benefit: The added value the Award could bring to the nominee in terms of international notoriety and support.
- The winner receives an award of USD 10,000 and
- one-year mentorship with a recognised democracy expert.
- Each year, the winner will have the opportunity to speak at the forthcoming Athens Democracy Forum and officially pass the award to the next recipient.