2019 Democracy Awards

Event Date:

30 Sep 2019 at 6:00pm
Washington Marriott Georgetown, 1221 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award is presented each year in a special ceremony to one Democrat, one Republican and a member of the international community who demonstrate the dedication to democracy and human rights embodied by the award’s namesake, former IFES Board of Directors Chairman Charles T. Manatt.

IFES will honor former Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, former United States Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright (D) and former U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley (R) with its 2019 Democracy Award. Honorees will receive their awards at a special ceremony that will take place on Monday, September 30, at the Washington Marriott Georgetown located at 1221 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.

Margot Wallström, Madeleine K. Albright and Stephen J. HadleyIndividual tickets for this ceremony are $500 and tables of 10 are $5,000. Other sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Lauren Terrell at +1.202.350.6709 or lterrell@ifes.org for a full listing.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the IFES Innovation Fund, an endowment that supports original projects that address pressing issues in democratic development today. IFES awards funds to outstanding proposals from staff that support local programs focused on promoting gender equality, adequate use of technology, electoral security, human rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.

Past Democracy Award Recipients


Hon. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia
Hon. Christopher Coons (D-Del.)
Hon. Mark Green (R)


H.E. Luis Almagro, Uruguay
Hon. David Price (D-N.C.)
Former IFES Board of Directors Vice Chair Judy Black (R)


Nay Lin Soe, Myanmar
Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.)
Hon. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)


Professor Attahiru Jega, Nigeria
Hon. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
Hon. Ed Royce (R-Calif.)


Maria Corina Machado, Venezuela
Hon. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
Hon. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)


Dr. Leonardo Valdés Zurita, Mexico
Hon. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)
Hon. Kay Granger (R-Tex.)


Maimuna Mwidau, Kenya
Hon. David Dreier (R-Calif.)
Hon. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)


Judge Johann Kriegler, South Africa
Hon. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)


Ziad Baroud, Lebanon
Hon. M. Peter McPherson, USAID
Hon. David Obey (D-Wis.)

Recipients, 1996-2007

Hon. Lee H. Hamilton
H.E. José Miguel Insulza, Chile, OAS
Hon. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
H.E. Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine
Hon. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.)
Hon. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.)
Rev. Msgr. Agripino Núñez Collado, Dominican Republic
H.E. Ronald Reagan
Richard Soudriette, IFES

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