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Tony Blair awarded for dedication to African development

18th July 2016

Tony Blair’s contribution and dedication to African development has been recognised by the Starkey Foundation at their annual So the World May Hear Awards.

AGI’s Patron accepted the award on behalf of our staff and their counterparts in the eight African countries in which we work, saying: “[AGI] arose out of my time as Prime Minister, when I found that the hardest thing about government is getting something done… we put teams of people in the country and they work alongside the team of the President, to help them get whatever they need done.”

AGI works across governments in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria. In Nigeria, we have supported the set-up of the Development Bank of Nigeria, which will give loans to hundreds of thousands of small businesses.

In Ethiopia, our team is supporting the government to create 2 million more jobs to lift more people out of poverty, and in Rwanda we are supporting the government to develop new export industries to create jobs and build a better future.

Nick Thompson, AGI’s CEO, congratulated Mr Blair on the award and reflected on AGI’s success: “We’re a young charity that has grown quickly and, I am proud to say, has had a huge impact.”

Mr Blair thanked the Austin family and the Starkey Foundation for the award, remembering a recent trip to Kenya when he saw first-hand the work they do to provide hearing aids to those in need, he said:

“Giving people hearing, opening the world to them and allowing them to live with some potential - it allows people to look at the world and see hope.”