democracy award

Each year at its annual conference, the International Association of Political Consultants awards its Democracy Medal to an individual or organization who, in the judgment of its membership, has worked courageously to foster, promote and sustain the democratic process anywhere in the world.

The Democracy Medal was awarded for the first time at the 1982 IAPC Berlin Conference.

A burnished rendering of the Acropolis is etched in relief on the face of the large bronze medal. The back side contains the engraved name of the recipient and the year it was given. Appropriately, the certificate which accompanies the Medal includes this universally recognized definition of democracy.

The 2018 Democracy Medal winner will be announced in November.


Previous Medal Award Winners

  • 2017  Kemal Kilicdaroglu
  • 2016  Committee To Protect Journalist
  • 2015  Leopoldo Lopez
  • 2014  Ben Goddard
  • 2013  Co-Winners: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (Trinidad & Tobago); Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller (Jamaica)
  • 2012  Presidents George H.W. Bush & Bill Clinton
  • 2011  The Arab Spring
  • 2010  Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe
  • 2009  Dr. Mir Hossein Mousavi, Iranian Prime Minister
  • 2008  Datuk Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • 2007  The People of Indonesia
  • 2006  Evelyn Dubrow, Director Emeritus IAPC
  • 2005  Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
  • 2004  Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Founder National Association in Support of Children’s Rights, Iran
  • 2003  Joe Napolitan & Michel Bongrand, Founding members of the IAPC
  • 2002  Morgan Tsvangirai, Chairman, Movement of Democratic Change, Zimbabwe
  • 2001  Hugo Banzer, President of Bolivia
  • 2000  George Mitchell, Former US Senator
  • 1999  Milo Djukanovic, President of the Republic of Montenegro
  • 1998  Martin Lee, Chairman, Hong Kong Democratic Party
  • 1997  International Foundation for Election Systems
  • 1996  Yitzhak Rabin (posthumous), Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1995  Aung San Suu Kyi, National Leauge for Democracy in Mayarmar
  • 1994  Jimmy Carter, Former President of the U.S.
  • 1993  F. W. de Klerk, State President, Republic of South Africa And Nelson Mandela, President, African National Congress
  • 1992  Hans-Dietrich Genscher, 18 years Foreign Minister
  • 1991  Boris Yeltsin, President of the Russian Republic
  • 1990  Vaclav Havel, President of Czechoslovakia
  • 1989  Mikhail Gorbachev, President of USSR
  • 1988  No Medal awarded
  • 1987  Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of Great Britain
  • 1986  Corazon Aquino, President of the Philippines
  • 1985  Willy Brandt, Chancellor of West Germany
  • 1984  Raul Alfonsin, President of Argentina
  • 1983  Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat
  • 1982  Lech Walesa, Polish Solidarity leader