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HRDA Alumni News

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    On 8 December 2019, following an Alumni Symposium held at the University of Pretoria's Future Africa Campus, the Centre for

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    This publication commemorates 18 years of the Master’s programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA). It gives a

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The Vera Chirwa Award was instituted in 2006 on the occasion of the Centre being awarded the UNESCO Prize. 
The Vera Chirwa Prize was instituted for the alumnus or alumna of the LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa who best embodied the principles of the programme in his or her subsequent career by “making a difference” to the protection of human rights or the strengthening of democratisation in Africa.

Vera Chirwa Award Winners 

Ethiopia 🇪🇹 | 2020
Ethiopia 🇪🇹 | 2020
Uganda 🇺🇬 | 2019
Ghana 🇬🇭 | 2018
Musu Bakoto Sawo
The Gambia 🇬🇲 | 2017
South Africa 🇿🇦 | 2017
Dr Patrick Eba
Cameroon 🇨🇲 | 2016
Uganda 🇺🇬 | 2016
Prof Christopher Mbazira
Uganda 🇺🇬 | 2015
Uganda 🇺🇬 | 2015
Ms Leda Hasila Limann
Ghana 🇬🇭 | 2014
Professor Lilian Chenwi
Cameroon 🇨🇲 | 2012
Ms Monica Mbaru
Kenya 🇰🇪 | 2012
Thulani Maseko
Swaziland 🇸🇿 | 2011
Mr Yoseph Mulugeta
Ethiopia 🇪🇹 | 2010
Mr Gabriel Shumba
Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 | 2009
Mr Julius Osega
Uganda 🇺🇬 | (Posthumously)
Ms Nana Oye Lithur
Ghana 🇬🇭 | 2007
Mr Melron Nicol-Wilson
Sierra Leone 🇸🇱 | 2006

2013: Mr Augustin Kounkiné Somé (Burkina Faso)


To be considered for this award, subsequent to obtaining the degree LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, the candidate must have demonstrated:

  • Dedicated human rights activism;
  • Leadership in the field of human rights and democratisation affecting Africa and Africans;
  • A contribution to a specific human rights cause or causes;
  • Commitment to improving the lives of people everywhere in Africa.

Regulations for the Vera Chirwa Award