The United States has awarded Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and Afrobarometer Network, Prof. Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi with the 2017 Martin Luther King Jnr. Award for Peace and Social Justice. The award is in recognition of his role in advancing the country’s elections and governance agenda.
Presenting the award, which is in its tenth year, at a short ceremony in Accra today, the US Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Robert Jackson Professor Gyimah-Boadi has ‘set a lofty standard for scholarly research among the think tank community in Ghana, and across Africa. His work has helped promote democracy, good governance, and economic opportunity. He has championed human rights for marginalized and vulnerable populations. In doing so, he has served as an advocate for millions of people, giving them greater access to essential services and a greater voice in how they are governed.’
Prof. Gyimah-Boadi has spent nearly two decades of pioneering work in research, and evidence-based advocacy as well as mentoring and developing a crop of young professionals - analysts and advocates for accountable governance. Prof. Gyimah-Boadi played a leading role in creating and building the Afrobarometer --- a leading pan-African public opinion survey project, which has become indispensable to policymakers concerned with Africa's development. Gyimah-Boadi also played a key role in incubating Ghana's two main anti-corruption CSOs, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), and Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), and the foremost election-observation body in Ghana, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO).
In his acceptance speech, Prof. Gyimah-Boadi expressed his gratitude to all those whose hard work and dedication has made it possible for Ghana to establish itself as a widely-admired electoral democracy, and for our dear country to have made so much progress towards democratic consolidation in a mere quarter of a century.’
CONGRATULATIONS, PROF. E. GYIMAH-BOADI!