The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) has won the 2015 United Nations Population Award. The award, established in 1981, is given annually to individuals and institutions for exceptional work and achievement in the fields of population and health. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, a former Executive Director of UNFPA, also won the award.
Previous laureates of the prize include outstanding demographers, family planning associations, researchers, policymakers, grass-roots organizations, development agencies and national leaders from all over the world.
APHRC is a leading pan-African research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, that conducts high quality policy-relevant research on population, health, education, urbanization and related development issues across Africa. APHRC actively engages policymakers and other key stakeholders to achieve measurable policy impacts and ensure decision making across the continent is informed by rigorous evidence.
Over the last decade, APHRC has contributed to a better Africa through quality research, and results-based strategic communications and policy engagement.
The Award Committee which made the selections is chaired by the Czech Ambassador to the United Nations, Edita Hrdá. Other members include Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Denmark, Grenada, Jamaica, Qatar, Tanzania, Nigeria and Pakistan. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin are ex-officio members of the committee.
The award is scheduled to be presented at the United Nations headquarters on 26 June 2015.