2017 Democracy Award

Anti-Corruption Fight is Focus of 2017 Democracy Award

The National Endowment for Democracy will honor activists from Afghanistan, Angola, Guatemala, Malaysia, and Ukraine with 2017 Democracy Award. Speaker Paul Ryan and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will make remarks at the presentation on June 7th.

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2017 DEMOCRACY AWARD HONOREE: Rafael Marques de Morais, Angola

Rafael Marques de Morais is an Angolan journalist and human rights defender focused on investigating government corruption and abuses in the diamond industry. His organization, Maka Angola, is a long-time grantee of the NED.

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2017 DEMOCRACY AWARD HONOREE: Claudia Escobar, Guatemala

Following her second election to the Court of Appeals in 2014, Claudia Escobar became the lead whistleblower in a case of grand corruption that revealed illegal interference in Guatemala’s judiciary by high-ranking political officials including the country’s vice president and the former president of Congress.

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2017 DEMOCRACY AWARD HONOREE: Khalil Parsa, Afghanistan

Khalil Parsa is a key human rights advocate and anti-corruption leader in Afghanistan. He is the founder and executive director of Supporting Organization for Afghanistan Civil Society (SOACS), a NED grantee that promotes good governance and accountability in the Herat province.

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2017 DEMOCRACY AWARD HONOREE: Denys Bihus, Ukraine

Denys Bihus leads TOM 14, a group of professional investigative journalists in Ukraine. In 2013, Bihus launched a very popular anti-corruption television program, Nashi Hroshi (Our Money). 

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2017 DEMOCRACY AWARD HONOREE: Cynthia Gabriel, Malaysia

Cynthia Gabriel is a human rights advocate and anti-corruption leader in Malaysia. She has spent most of her professional life in the field of advancing and promoting human rights, good governance and democratic freedoms. 

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About the NED Democracy Award

The Democracy Award is given annually by our Board of Directors to recognize the courageous and creative work of individuals and organizations that have advanced the cause of human rights and democracy around the world.

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Past Democracy Award Recipients

Browse through decades of NED Democracy Award recipients. We honor those who have made contributions to the movement for democracy.

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#AntiCorruption: Keeping Government in the Public Eye

NED grantee Ojo Publico (“Public Eye”) is a Peruvian digital media outlet that uses innovative tools to produce independent investigative journalism and combat corruption, which has been pervasive in Peru.

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#AntiCorruption: Advocacy Group Battles Corruption in Ukraine's Healthcare System

NED is proud to stand with Patients of Ukraine in its efforts to end corruption and improve access to quality healthcare.

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