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 via the Mo Ibrahim Basis, is awarded to leaders who reveal a dedication to human growth 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 essentially the most extreme political and financial points, together with violent extremism and rising desertification, President Mahamadou Issoufou has led his individuals on a path of progress,” mentioned Mogae, who served as chairman of the prize committee
“Right this moment, 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 stored his guarantees to the Nigerien individuals and paved the best way for a greater future.”
Issoufou was the primary democratically elected president in 2011 after years of Nigerien navy 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 individuals of Niger, assembly among the area’s hardest challenges with willpower and respect,” mentioned Ibrahim.
“I’m proud to see Issoufou acknowledged for example of remarkable management and I hope his legacy will encourage generations of African leaders.”