Call for Nominations to Honor African Individuals and Institutions for the Tana @10 Awards

26 October, 2021

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University is a prominent Institute for higher education, research and policy dialogues on peace and security in Africa. Established in 2007, it ranks among the top 46 educational establishments and think tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa according to the Global Go to Think Tank Index Reports. IPSS was also selected as the Centre of Excellence for Post Conflict Societies by the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) in 2017. Moreover, the Institute runs the Africa Peace and  Security Programme (APSP), a joint initiative with the African Union. Intent on advancing the clarion call on “Elimination of conflict in Africa and the promotion of sustainable peace” (Tripoli Declaration, Art. 19, SP/ASSEMBLY/PS/DECL.(I)), IPSS is at the forefront of finding African- led solutions to peace and security challenges in   Africa.

IPSS also serves as the Secretariat of the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa that   has been organised every year since 2012. The Forum brings together prominent individuals, heads of state and government, policymakers, and other experts to an informal gathering to discuss African peace, security and development matters. This year’s Tana  Forum  is scheduled for 25-28 November 2021, on the theme “Managing Security Threats: Building Resilience for the Africa We Want”. The Forum will utilise a hybrid format – face-to-face interaction and virtual  platform.


This year (2021) marks the 10th Anniversary of the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, the flagship annual event that engages in deep reflections to find Africa-led solutions to the continent’s myriad peace and security challenges. It coincides with a unique moment in Africa and the world primarily due to the fragilities imposed by the unforeseen outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and state measures to curb it. While old fault lines remain, new ones are producing tensions and threats that are converging within- rather than outside- states in a way that is exposing the underbelly of fractured state-society   relations.


As Tana Forum is celebrating its 10th anniversary, the secretariat would like to recognise and honor 10  African individuals and institutions that have made remarkable contributions  to the continent in diverse categories such as youth, women, private sector, health, academia, third sector, religious leaders, media, The Arts (music, visual arts etc.), and environmental security.

Criteria for Nominations

 For individuals:

  • The impact of the nominee’s work or contribution in improving the understanding and respect for human rights the advancement of peace, security, health for all and sustainable development;
  • The impact of the nominee’s work or contribution in eliminating social injustice as well as discriminatory attitudes and practices for those impacted by conflict and war;
  • The amount of time and resources spent by the nominee in carrying his/ her work;
  • The risk or negative consequences faced by the nominee in the course of his/her work;
  • The impact of the nominee’s work in inspiring young and upcoming generation;
  • The extent for scalability of the work/method to a national or continental level;
  • There should be evidence for success, and the impact should be visible and measurable. This can be/should collaborated through testimonials of beneficiaries, for example.

For Institutions:

  • The impact of the institutions work in promoting better understanding on human rights, peace, security, security, health and development;
  • The impact of the institution’s work in creating an enabling environment conducive to the enjoyment of basic rights and development;
  • The extent to which the approach employed in the work of the institutions has used advanced technology and innovation to bring change and to overcome unprecedented global challenges;
  • The contribution to major policy change that has impacted or has the potential to impact on national/continental level;
  • A significant stride in terms of raising awareness or advocacy work in peace, security, health, development and a recognised contribution to communal/national/continental work;
  • Significant contribution to the progress and building of democracy and democratic institutions as well as resilience to advance democratic principles;
  • Significant work to strengthen local networks across the continent to create impact, advocacy /impact through mobilisation of individual networks and channelling of common voices for change;
  • Self-nomination is not allowed. Both institutions and individuals should be nominated by a peer or colleague who speaks for their work according to the criteria
  • 10 Awards will be given to individuals/institutions – one for each of the 10 identified themes; youth, women, private sector, health, academia, third sector, religious leaders, media, The Arts (music, visual arts etc.), and environmental
  • Nominations received after the deadline will not be
How to nominate

To nominate: Apply here

The nominator should carefully consider the nomination criteria set.


All nominations should be submitted on or before November 10, 2021.