Woman leader from Ghana receives 2013 Katherine Fleming International Development Award

Antigonish, NS - Ms. Afi Yakubu, executive director of the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa is the 2013 recipient of the Katherine Fleming International Development Award at Coady International Institute. Ms. Yakubu is one of 35 participants attending the flagship Diploma in Development Leadership program.

Dr. John Gaventa, director of the Institute, said Ms. Yakubu is the first participant from Ghana to receive the award, which will be presented during the annual 'Coffee with Coady' event on October 5.

“Many of us have benefited from Afi’s experience and wisdom,” said Dr. Gaventa. “Since arriving here in July, she has been sharing her deep passion for social justice and human rights with her fellow participants and the local community. She embodies the work ethic and commitment of the late Katie Fleming, and we are thrilled to join the Fleming family and her friends to recognize Afi in this way.”

Ms. Yakubu said the award encourages her to work even harder on behalf of children.

“I am sure Katherine will be smiling down on us from heaven knowing that the award in her name has finally arrived in the country that was the first to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. To this effect, I will use the award as a baton to continue the relay race she started to draw attention to the lives of our African children”.

The award, now in its 14th year, recognizes a deserving woman leader from Africa who is attending the flagship diploma program. Previous recipients have come from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Nigeria.

Earlier this year, Ms. Yakubu received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice from the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana. The award honours activists in Ghana who help build a culture of peacemaking, dialogue and conflict resolution.

Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University has been educating development professionals from around the world since 1959. Through its unique community-based approach, the Institute equips citizen leaders as they address global challenges and opportunities. Its network includes thousands of graduates and partners working to improve the lives of citizens in 130 countries.

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