The King Baudouin African Development Prize honors remarkable & innovative Africans dedicated to the continent’s development. The award is given every other year with a €200,000 prize to present winners with opportunities to increase visibility, promote their cause internationally, and develop global contacts & partnerships. The winners are selected based on their long-term vision, a proven record of accomplishment, and initiatives that empower people to take charge of their development. It attracts global attention to several African inspirational stories, challenges, and successes.
The award for 2020/21 was given to Elman Peace, an NGO operating in Somalia. Elman Peace is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 and dedicated to helping thousands of Somalis affected by civil conflicts restore their lives. It also created special programs to encourage women and youth to have a greater societal voice. The KBF African Development Prize selected the NGO for tackling violence and promoting peace, social justice, empowerment, & leadership. It aims to create an empowering and innovative environment by providing innovative, life-saving assistance to those in need.