The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership Awarded to Dr. Sakena Yacoobi;
Afghan institute of learning educates 350,000 women and children each year
The Kravis Prize, which carries a
The Kravis Prize will be presented to Dr. Yacoobi at ceremonies on
Established in 2006, The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership recognizes
and celebrates extraordinary accomplishment and bold, visionary leadership in
the nonprofit sector. The Kravis Prize is administered by
"It is important to understand that entrepreneurial spirit and leadership are just as vital to achievement in the not-for-profit world as they are in the private sector," said Mr. Kravis. "We are pleased and proud to recognize and celebrate the significant and inspirational work being done by Dr. Yacoobi and the Afghan Institute of Learning."
Born in Herat,
AIL grew and evolved to fulfill unmet needs and currently operates 41
women's learning/education centers, five health centers, and three mobile
health clinics. Seventy percent of AIL's 450 staff members are Afghan women.
Under Dr. Yacoobi's leadership, AIL has become one of the largest nonprofit
Dr. Yacoobi's achievements demonstrate significant courage and persistence
in the face of extensive obstacles to educating girls and women in
AIL's innovative and effective approaches serve as a model in the sector,
and AIL actively assists in building the capacity of other organizations and
entities. The concept of women's learning centers and AIL's interactive
teaching methods have been replicated by many nonprofit organizations in
Kravis Prize Background
Established in 2006, The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership recognizes and celebrates extraordinary accomplishment and bold, visionary leadership in the nonprofit sector.
The Kravis Prize Selection Committee, chaired by
The Organizing Committee, led by Mr. Kravis, includes: Mr. McMahon;
While the Prize typically recognizes an outstanding individual, in exceptional circumstances the Prize may be awarded to an organization. The Prize is awarded annually based on nominations that are received from a group of confidential nominators. These nominators are selected on the basis of the breadth and depth of their knowledge of the nonprofit sector. Nominators are chosen internationally and from a variety of fields.
Nominations span a broad range of sectors in the nonprofit field, including economic development, public health, law/justice/human rights, education, and capacity building in the nonprofit sector as a whole. Selection criteria include boldness, innovation, creativity, consistency, persistence, and effectiveness in bringing a vision to fruition. Nominees are also evaluated based on their accomplishments in realizing the mission of an organization and demonstrating best practices in managing that organization.
In choosing a winner from the pool of nominees, the Selection Committee
draws upon its own expertise, letters of recommendation from nominators, and
expert evaluations assembled by the Prize staff. Nominees are assessed using
carefully crafted quantitative and qualitative measures based on best practice
analysis and evaluation methods. These measures are focused primarily on
direct impact and achievement. The assessment framework also provides for a
qualitative analysis of bold, visionary leadership and for review of financial
stability and integrity, governance, and management stability. The Kravis
Prize Selection Committee makes its final selection of a winner after
reviewing extensive information and data within the context of this
methodology. The recipient of the Prize receives recognition at an award
The Kravis Leadership Institute, which co-sponsors the Prize, is central
Past recipients of The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership are:
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