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From the Executive

The 2008 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership celebrates FAWE’s achievements


Monday, 14 April 2008

In recognition of its outstanding achievements and impact in obtaining access to education for over 12 million girls and women across sub-Saharan Africa, FAWE was awarded the 2008 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership. The Kravis Prize, which carries a $250,000 award, honours extraordinary accomplishment and bold, visionary leadership in the non-profit sector.

FAWE was assessed for its boldness, innovation, creativity, consistency, persistence and effectiveness in bringing its vision to fruition, as well as for its accomplishments in realizing its stated mission and demonstrating best practices in its management. The selection process focused on the direct impact of FAWE’s work while also evaluating its financial stability and integrity, governance and management stability.

The Kravis Prize is administered by Claremont McKenna College, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis. Announcing FAWE as the winner of the annual prize, Henry Kravis stated, “We are pleased and proud to recognize and celebrate the important and inspirational work being done by the leaders, staff, and volunteers of FAWE.”

FAWE co-founder and current Chairperson, Hon. Simone de Comarmond, and FAWE Executive Director, Dr. Codou Diaw, accepted the award at an official ceremony in New York City on April 10, 2008. FAWE co-founder, current Honorary Secretary and Chairperson, FAWE Burkina Faso, Hon. Alice Tiendrebéogo; FAWE co-founder and former Minister of Education, Gabon, Hon. Paulette Moussavou Missambo; FAWE’s first Executive Director, Dr. Eddah Gachukia; and several FAWE partners and friends also attended the ceremony.

In her acceptance speech, Hon. de Comarmond said, ‘FAWE’s work clearly testifies that the lives of African girls can be changed if there is a strong voice advocating for them. Our work is premised on the conviction that Africa cannot continue to short-change more than half of its citizens – girls and women – without compromising its economic future.’

She concluded, ‘We are resolved to continue our collective action… to ensure that the barriers to educating African girls are lifted forever. We will not rest until this goal is achieved. Recognition through awards such as the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership fortifies us in this endeavour.’

Addressing a discussion of FAWE’s work on behalf of African girls at Claremont Mackenna College on April 14, Dr. Diaw said, ‘Research highly correlates girls’ education with women’s increased participation in the labour market, leading to higher productivity and GDP, increased income for families, improved maternal and child health, better educated offspring, and a host of other socio-economic benefits.’

Citing examples of the impact of FAWE’s action in various countries, Dr. Diaw added, ‘FAWE’s work has undeniably transformed how Africans view education, especially girls’ education… We do not want to supplant African ministries of education. We influence them to improve educational offer and quality with a focus on gender equity. The transformative power of FAWE’s work lies within the cumulative effect of these actions.’

More information about the award can be accessed by following the links below:
http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/news/pressreleases/article.asp?article_id=976
http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/news/pressreleases/article.asp?article_id=936
http://kravisprize.claremontmckenna.edu/Forum_For_African_Women_Educationalists.htm
http://www2.nysun.com/article/74619?access=46225

Please visit www.fawe.org for regular news updates.

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