Mahamadou Issoufou, the outgoing president of Niger, is the recipient of the 2020 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Management.
The US$5 million prize, paid over 10 years by means of the Mo Ibrahim Basis, is awarded to leaders who display a dedication to human improvement and democratic ideas. Profitable candidates are at all times former African heads of state who’ve left workplace within the earlier three years, and have included Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Festus Mogae of Botswana.
“Within the face of probably the most extreme political and financial points, together with violent extremism and growing desertification, President Mahamadou Issoufou has led his folks on a path of progress,” mentioned Mogae, who served as chairman of the prize committee
“At present, the variety of Nigeriens residing beneath the poverty line has fallen to 40 p.c, from 48 p.c a decade in the past. Whereas challenges stay, Issoufou has saved his guarantees to the Nigerien folks and paved the way in which for a greater future.”
Issoufou was the primary democratically elected president in 2011 after years of Nigerien army rule. The Sahel nation held elections final month as Issoufou stepped down following his constitutionally mandated second time period.
“He’s an impressive chief who has labored tirelessly for the folks of Niger, assembly among the area’s hardest challenges with willpower and respect,” mentioned Ibrahim.
“I’m proud to see Issoufou acknowledged for instance of outstanding management and I hope his legacy will encourage generations of African leaders.”