The Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards dinner highlights the importance of supporting citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections and serves as an opportunity to honor three individuals who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to freedom and democracy.
Named after former U.S. Ambassador and IFES Board of Directors Chairman Charles T. Manatt, the award is given yearly to three individuals — one Republican, one Democrat and one member of the international community.
Recipients are selected by IFES’ Board of Directors based on criteria such as leadership, impact on the field of democracy, alignment with IFES’ mission, diversity and inclusion, influence on social change, and focus on the next generation of leaders. Nominations for the international award recipient are accepted through a public nomination process.
The Honorable Nita Lowey, U.S. Representative, (D-N.Y.)
The Honorable David Dreier, U.S. Representative, (R-Calif.)
Maimuna Mwidau, Kenya
The Honorable Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator, (D-Vt.)
The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. Representative, (R-Fla.)
Judge Johann Kriegler, South Africa
The Honorable David Obey, former U.S. Representative, (D-Wis.)
The Honorable M. Peter McPherson, former USAID Administrator
His Excellency Ziad Baroud, former Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Lebanon