The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) annually presents three Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards to a Republican, a Democrat and a member of the international community who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to freedom and democracy.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently paid tribute to Chuck Manatt, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who “with his Republican counterpart, Frank Fahrenkopf, put together a bipartisan coalition to found the National Endowment for Democracy.”
IFES is accepting nominations for the international award recipient from the public until Monday, May 7. To submit a nomination, please complete this online form.
The final selection of the international recipient is based on the following criteria:
• Impact on the field of democracy. Recipient’s personal and professional achievements have had a demonstrable and positive impact on the field of democracy.
• Focus on the next generation of leaders. Recipient’s commitment to nurturing and empowering the next generation of pro?democracy or civil society leaders.
• Sustained dedication. Recipient’s sustained achievements in terms of longevity, legacy and impact.
• Social change/progress. Recipient’s work has improved social environments, public attitudes, structures or policies.
• Inspirational leadership. Recipient’s leadership skills have touched and inspired others to join the democracy movement.
• Alignment with IFES’ mission. Recipient works/has worked in a country or countries where IFES has/had a presence or with partner organizations that share a commitment to democratic values.
• Diversity and inclusion. Recipient represents an underserved group and/or has worked to increase access of underrepresented populations to the political process.
The awards will be presented at IFES’ annual dinner on September 11. This year’s dinner is of special significance as it marks the 25th anniversary of IFES’ commitment to supporting citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections.
Previous recipients of the Democracy Awards include: Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Judge Johann Kriegler of South Africa, former United States Agency for International Development Administrator M. Peter McPherson, former Lebanese Minister of Interior and Municipalities Ziad Baroud, Representative David Obey (D-WI), Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-IN), the Honorable Lee H. Hamilton, the Honorable Tom Lantos, His Excellency José Miguel Insulza of Chile and Monsignor Agripino Nùñez Collado of the Dominican Republic.
For more information, please contact Jeff Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org.