| ONE CEO Michael Elliott, co-founder Bono, Africa Director Dr. Sipho Moyo and Board Chairman Tom Freston present Executive Secretary of ANSAF Audax Rukonge with the 2013 ONE Africa Award. Photo: ONE|
This afternoon I was joined by ONE co-founder Bono, CEO Michael Elliott and Board Chairman Tom Freston to present the prize to Audax Rukonge, Executive Secretary of ANSAF. The ceremony was part of the African Media Leaders Forum which is being held in Addis Ababa.
The ONE Award is an incredible opportunity for us at ONE to shine a spotlight on some the most innovative Africa-led, Africa-driven efforts and initiatives by civil society organizations that are working hard to build a better future for African citizens. These organizations often tie public service delivery efforts to robust advocacy tactics so that systemic change can be achieved.
Before the award was presented, our Board Chairman Tom read out a message from the benefactor of the prize, Howard Buffett. He said,
Audax will be writing a guest blog sharing his reaction to winning the prize, and what it means for the future of the organization very soon. Accepting the prize today he said,
Bono also addressed the media leaders and journalists in the audience, describing the information revolution taking place in Ethiopia and around the world, and how it is empowering civil society organizations to hold governments to account. He said,
We’re particularly proud to recognize and reward ANSAF and its work with smallholder farmers as we look forward to the promise of the African Union’s Year of Agriculture and Food Security in 2014. ANSAF will no doubt be a strong, reliable partner for ONE as we look for enhanced policy reforms and financial commitments in the coming year from African governments.