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Drivers of Change Government Award: The City Of Quelimane under the Leadership of Mayor Manuel De Aroujo

Quelimane, a town in Mozambique, had fallen to ruin with the cathedral abandoned and used by street kids, the supermarket closed and the cinema flooded due to the town’s proximity to a river mouth. After Manuel de Araújo was appointed Mayor in December 2011, things began to change. Mayor De Araújo has motivated the people to get involved in fixing up the town for themselves, and the changes have encouraged them to start paying taxes. Together, they have cleaned up trenches where mosquitoes usually breed, thereby reducing cases of malaria; reopened the fish market; repaired the local swimming pool; and fixed roads. The judges believe the city of Quelimane under the governance of Mr de Araújo “creates employment, deals with environmental challenges and encourages giving by getting citizens to make the business of development their business.”

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Drivers of Change Government Award: Dr Theo Ben Gurirab

Dr Theo Ben Gurirab was the Prime Minister of Namibia from 2002 to 2005. He was also Namibia’s foreign minister and is now the Speaker of Namibia’s parliament. He changed history for the people of Namibia through protracted negotiations that led to the country’s independence. 

With over 35 years in the field of diplomacy and international affairs, Dr Gurirab presided over the adoption of the UN Millennium Declaration in 2000 that was the basis for setting the global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDG framework has, for the past ten years, been the single most comprehensive, inclusive, and globally embraced poverty-focused development agenda. 

Dr Gurirab also chaired the United Nations reform process. In changing world where the governance of international organisations and development strategies need constant review, Dr Theo Ben Gurirab has been a driver of change, the judges said.

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Drivers of Change Government Award: Sindiso Ngwenya

Sindiso Ngwenya, Sindiso Ngwenya is the Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). He has been instrumental in bringing together the region’s 3 economic blocs: COMESA, the East African Community (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), into a tri-partite association. This is resulting in the 3 communities rapidly working towards trading as a single market of about 600 million people, leading to more political stability and prosperity. 

He moved COMESA from being dormant to the implementation of a customs union. COMESA has 19 countries with a combined population of 430 million citizens. It offers its members and partners a wider, harmonised and more competitive market. He also promoted the development of many supporting institutions around COMESA. Civil society, business and the public have access to the COMESA secretariat and the Secretary General – an openness which has contributed significantly to its and his success. 

Sindiso Ngwenya is a driver of change for African economic development. “His dedication to poverty eradication and equitable development in Africa through enabling access to broader markets by businesses in the region is commendable” said the Judges. Through his leadership, a future is being crafted out for Africa that looks promising.

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