Afrobarometer Executive Director E. Gyimah-Boadi has received the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice in recognition of his role in advancing democracy, good governance, and economic opportunity in Ghana and throughout the continent.
Gyimah-Boadi, who co-founded the non-partisan research network Afrobarometer in 1999 and also serves as executive director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), accepted the award July 20 at the U.S. Embassy in Accra.
“Professor Gyimah-Boadi has set a lofty standard for scholarly research among the think tank community in Ghana, and across Africa,” U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson said in presenting the award. “His work has helped promote democracy, good governance, and economic opportunity.
“He has championed human rights for marginalized and vulnerable populations. In doing so, he has served as an advocate for millions of people, giving them greater access to essential services and a greater voice in how they are governed.”
Over decades as a professor and social scientist, Gyimah-Boadi has distinguished himself through pioneering research, evidence-based advocacy, and mentoring of the next generation of analysts and advocates for accountable governance.