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FANRPAN Board Chairman is awarded Southern Africa Trust Drivers for Change award
28 October 2010

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges Southern Africa Trust as the source of this information


FANRPAN Board Chairman is awarded Southern Africa Trust Drivers for Change awardSecretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, Mr Sindiso Ngwenya, who is also the FANRPAN Board Chairman is awarded Southern Africa Trust Drivers for Change award in the government category.

Hon. Sindiso Ngwenya was awarded for his dedication to eradicate poverty through enabling access to broader markets by business. He was instrumental in bringing together the region’s 3 economic blocs: COMESA, the East African Community (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) into a tripartite association. This is resulting in the 3 communities rapidly working towards trading as a single market of about 600 million people, leading to more political stability and prosperity. He moved COMESA from being dormant to the implementation of a customs union. COMESA has 19 countries with a combined population of 430 million citizens. It offers its members and partners a wider, harmonised and more competitive market. He also promoted the development of many supporting institutions around COMESA. Civil society, business and the public have access to the COMESA secretariat and the Secretary General – an openness which has contributed significantly to its and his success.

Hon. Sindiso Ngwenya is a driver of change for African economic development. "His dedication to poverty eradication and equitable development in Africa through enabling access to broader markets by businesses in the region is commendable" said the Judges. Through his leadership, a future is being crafted out for Africa that looks promising.

The Drivers of Change to overcome poverty in Southern Africa were announced on Thursday, 28 October 2010 at a gala dinner held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Drivers of Change award recognizes individuals or organizations from across the southern Africa Region that are making a real impact, especially in developing effective public policies and strategies, to overcome poverty. It is awarded in four categories: civil society, government, individual and business. The award has been established to hold up living examples of innovative practices, inclusive attitudes and effective processes that build social trust and create the best conditions to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty.

Recipients of the award in each of the four categories demonstrate:
  • Innovation in the strategies used to develop better public policy;
  • Policy work with a focus on making a real difference to the material conditions of people living in poverty;
  • Attentiveness to, and significance for, overcoming poverty and inequality throughout the southern Africa region; and
  • Inclusion of diverse voices, including voices of the poor.
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