The African Democratic Institute (ADI) is pleased to announce the 2016 Pan African Leaders Platform Award is now open for nominations! The award honours an African individual who has shown exceptional effort and commitment to advancing democratic principles in Africa.

 2015 Award Recipient

 In 2015, 22 extraordinary Africans were nominated across Africa in the categories of (a) crafting institutional development, (b) advocating for education and (c) preserving peace – all core pillars of the African Democratic Institute (ADI). Mr. Fred Swaniker was announced as the 2015 recipient of the PALP Award in a statement by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, (also nominated) during the Clinton Global Initiative Forum (CGI) in New York.

Each year the award recipient will be announced in September 2016 on the side-lines of the United Nations General Assembly (UN GA) in New York.


The inaugural Pan African Leaders Platform was held on the side-lines of the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit on the 4th of August 2014, with the goal of enhancing US-Africa business and partnership relations. An honorary award was presented to former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young. He was recognized for his tireless efforts in promoting trade and investment opportunities between Africa and North America.

Nomination Procedure

 Each candidate considered must have been nominated by an individual, group or organization. A candidate cannot nominate themselves for the award; it is in the hands of the African public to nominate an individual whose work shows a real commit to the values and principles of democracy on the continent.


  • No age restriction;
  • Candidates must work in the field of democracy specifically on the African continent;
  • Hold an outstanding commitment to enhancing democracy within one of the three ADI pillars: institutional development, peace and security and education;
  • Have devoted significant time and energy to implement, improve or entrench democratic principles on the continent within the last three (3) years from the date the award is issued;
  • Work undertaken to advance democracy must have been sustained for a period of three (3) years;
  • Candidate must embody or reflect a respect for universal human values and have served as a catalyst for democratic transitions and or processes;
  • Recipient should represent an organization, party or coalition that has played a central role in advancing democracy;
  • Efforts should have lasting impact and longevity in said community or country;
  • Groups of people or partners will not normally be eligible, however the nomination panel reserves the right to consider them.

 Required documentation

  •  A curriculum vitae of the candidate being nominated (nominee),
  • A letter of motivation ( 2 pages max.) from the person (s) nominating the candidate, detailing the nominees work, impact, achievements and reasons to consider them for the PALP award,
  • A recent passport sizes photograph of the nominee,
  • Contact information of the nominee,
  • Brief background (1 page max.) of the nominating person/group/organisation, namely: professional title, organisation affiliated with, relationship with nominee and contact information.

The deadline for applications is the 30th April 2016; only fully completed applications will be considered. For more information, please contact the African Democratic Institute (ADI) on: or visit our website at: .





Deadline: July 20, 2015