The annual award dubbed The Macky Sall Prize for Dialogue in Africa is named after Senegalese President Macky Sall. The €50,000 prize to recognise peacemakers will be launched in Nairobi on Tuesday.
Sall is credited for using dialogue to avert conflicts not only in his home country but also across the African continent.
“The 50,000 Euros 2.5 Million Dalasi prize will be awarded annually to honour and encourage all initiatives related to political and social dialogue in Africa,” Joel Hakizimana, Secretary General Independent Centre for Research and Initiatives for Dialogue (CIRID), said.
“It is also destined to address a significant message to support and relay African Union (AU), regional and sub-regional organisations efforts including the Diaspora, which constitutes, according to an AU decision, the sixth geopolitical group of the continent,” he added.
The inaugural Macky Sall Prize in Africa for Dialogue will be awarded in September 2017 the United Nations in Geneva by President of Senegal Macky Sall. President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast, King Mohamed VI of Morocco, former Secretary-General of the inter-governmental Organisation of La Francophonie AbdouDiouf, the international artists Youssou Ndour and the UNICEF Ambassador of Good Will and African Diva Angélique Kidjo from Benin are among supporters of the prize.
Senegalese President is acclaimed for leading the African Union Commission (AUC) in resolving Burundi’s post-2015 political crisis as well in the February 2017 Gambia post-electoral crisis that supported the return of president-elect Adama Barrow that restored constitutional order in the Gambia.