The Ford Foundation will grant this year's winners Sh8.5 million on behalf of their organisations to boost efforts to promote democracy, inclusion and equal opportunity.
The foundation is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in East Africa. "When we thought about our 50 years in East Africa, of celebrating the progress made, we knew that we wanted to lift up that culture and celebrate it. We wanted to reflect on and honour the enormous progress and promise in what is, for us here in East Africa, a legacy area of work. And what better way to do this than recognise and advance the exceptional work of our partners and grantees, the organisations and individuals that have shaped that transformation and that today, are still leaders in the forefront of the social change," Ford Foundation regional representative Maurice Makoloo said.
Reverend Timothy Njoya, Jason Nyantino, Wanjiru Kamau Rutenberg, Joy Mboya, Kelvin Okoth, Atsango Chesoni, Odenda Lumumba, Jennifer Riria, Kimani Njogu and Susan Kariuki were celebrated at the event held at Nairobi's Safari Park Hotel yesterday.
Njoya is the executive director of Men for the Equality of Men and Women. With a faith approach, the organisation works with men to promote affirmative action. It supports and counsels men to rise above sexism to end gender violence.
Chesoni was awarded on behalf of Kenyan Human Rights Commission for protecting and promoting civil and political rights of Kenya, as well their role in championing for a free and fair election.
Odenda, the Kenya Land Alliance National coordinator was acknowledged for being a leading voice in advocating for women and marginalised communities in regards to resource equity and access as well for his role in spearheading land reforms.
The executive officer of Kenya Women Holding, Riria, was awarded for equipping poor and rural women economically. Nyantino, Media Development in Africa CEO, was awarded for his Agenda Kenya and Be the Judge television programmes which were said to be advancing public service media.
Twaweza Communications director Njogu was acknowledged for promoting truth and transparency, whereas Youth Agenda CEO Susan was appreciated for giving young people skills and knowledge to actively participate in political life.
Akili Dada CEO Wanjiru and Performing and Visual Arts Centre Ltd (Godown Arts centre) director Mboya were also feted.