KBF Africa Prize |

The King Baudouin African Development Prize (KBF Africa Prize) rewards outstanding contributions to development in Africa, initiated and led by Africans. It seeks to draw public attention to the many inspirational stories, challenges and successes emerging from the African continent.

The Prize is awarded every other year. Beyond its monetary value of 200.000 euros, it offers its winners unique opportunities to increase their visibility and promote their cause to international audiences.

Nine winners together (fltr): Tonee Ndungu for Kytabu, Kenya (2016/2017), Penninah Susan Naikula for BarefootLaw, Uganda (2016/2017), Emmanuel Owusu for Farmerline, Ghana (2016/2017), Ousmane Sy, Mali (2004/2005), Bogaletch Gebre, Ethiopia (2012/2013), Deogratias Niyonkuru for ADISCO, Burundi (2014/2015), Gerald Abila for BarefootLaw, Alloysius Attah for Farmerline and Paul Mugambi for Kytabu

Who can be awarded?

The KBF Africa Prize rewards innovative initiatives of Africans with a long-term vision and a proven impact track record.

The Prize pays particular attention to initiatives that stand out in their field and that empower people to take development into their own hands. There are no thematic restrictions, but they should tackle current challenges in Africa.

Since 2012, the Prize has its specific focus on Africa. Previously, the King Baudouin International Development Prize awarded organisations or individuals from all over the world.

Selection Committee

The KBF Africa Prize laureate is carefully selected by an independent Selection Committee consisting of 12 Belgian and international experts.


Elman Peace (2020/2021)

Combat violence and promote social justice, empower and cultivate leadership skills among [...]

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Wecyclers, Nigeria (2018/2019)

Leveraging the power of Lagos' communities by redistributing benefits from recycled waste.

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BarefootLaw, Farmerline & Kytabu (2016/2017)

For their work to improve access to knowledge in law, agriculture and education.

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ADISCO, Burundi (2014/2015)

Encourage entrepreneurship and create cooperatives and health insurance societies.

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