10 December 2018

Africa: Advocates of African Democracy Honoured

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Johannesburg — THE African Studies Association (ASA) has acknowledged the role played by Afrobarometer founders in enhancing scholarship, leadership and service in the continent.

Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, executive director of Afrobarometer, and Prof. Michael Bratton, senior adviser to Afrobarometer, have been honoured.

Gyimah-Boadi received the ASA's Distinguished Africanist Award.

Bratton was honoured for his scholarship, teaching, and leadership with the John Harbeson Distinguished Africanist Award from the African Politics Conference Group.

The awards were presented at the ASA's 61st annual meeting in Atlanta.

The two men have collaborated for decades, joining forces with Robert Mattes in 1999 to create Afrobarometer, the pan-African research network committed to "giving voice" to ordinary citizens.

Gyimah-Boadi is also the co-founder and former executive director of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana).

Bratton is the author of six books, most recently Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa (2013) and Power Politics in Zimbabwe (2014).

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