Kofi Annan NextGen Democracy Prize 2024 (Up to $10,000 Prize) – APPLY NOW

Are you familiar with a young leader who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in advocating for or safeguarding democracy? If so, you can nominate them for the second edition of the Kofi Annan NextGen Democracy Prize.

Kofi Annan NextGen Democracy Prize 2024
Kofi Annan NextGen Democracy Prize 2024Kofi Annan NextGen Democracy Prize 2024

The Kofi Annan Foundation and the Democracy and Culture Foundation are accepting nominations for the second edition of the Kofi Annan NextGen Democracy Award.

The aim of the Kofi Annan NextGen Democracy Prize is to:

  • Acknowledge outstanding intellectual and practical leadership demonstrated by a young activist in defending, promoting, or revitalizing democracy.
  • Offer the prize recipient support, including a one-year mentorship with a respected democracy expert or senior leader.
  • Inspire young individuals to dedicate themselves to the progress of democracy.

 Background Of The Program

The Athens Democracy Forum (ADF) was established over a decade ago, drawing inspiration from Kofi Annan’s efforts in promoting peace and democracy, as well as his founding of the United Nations Democracy Fund. In 2017, Kofi Annan gave the Aristotle Address and delivered the keynote speech during the opening of the Forum.

With the annual backing of the UN Secretary-General, the ADF has evolved into the primary global event commemorating the International Day of Democracy. Throughout his tenure as Secretary-General of the United Nations, and subsequently at the helm of the Kofi Annan Foundation, Kofi Annan dedicated himself to advancing democracy. He also strongly advocated for youth leadership and inclusion, working to facilitate the engagement of young people in local, national, and international decision-making platforms.


  • The prize includes a cash prize of $10,000. The recipient will receive the award at the Athens Democracy Forum, and all travel and accommodation expenses associated with their participation in the Forum will be provided by the organizers.
  • Recipients will be given the opportunity to play a key role in coordinating a panel session on youth and democracy at the subsequent year’s Forum.

 Eligibility criteria

  • Nominees must be between 18 and 30 years old at the time of nomination.
  • Nominations must be submitted by an organization.
  • There are no limitations based on nationality, gender, or occupation.

 Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee will evaluate the following criteria when determining the winner:

  • Impact: The nominee’s actions must have resulted in a measurable outcome, such as influencing policy change in a specific country, increasing voter turnout, reaching a large audience through a campaign, growing the user base of an application, enhancing students’ understanding of democratic processes, or engaging community organizations in educational initiatives.
  • Innovation: The degree of innovation demonstrated in these actions.
  • Sustainability: Whether the nominee has consistently promoted democracy and human rights for a minimum of one year and whether their actions are sustainable and replicable in other contexts.
  • Values: The nominee’s actions should reflect certain core values.
  • Benefit: The potential international recognition and support that the Award could offer to the nominee.

 How To Apply For Kofi Annan NextGen Democracy 2024

Nominations must include all of the following:

  • Fill out the submission form
  • Write a cover letter of support (maximum 500 words)
  • Provide a brief video testimony from the nominee (maximum 2 minutes, can be recorded on a smartphone)

Kindly submit your finished nomination to the provided email address on the official website. by 31st March 2024, midnight CET.

For further information please visit the official website of Kofi Annan NextGen Democracy.

Application Deadline

March 31, 2024.



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