Cina Lawson, first female African political figure to receive the Harvard Kennedy School Award

Economic governance
Monday, 20 May 2019 15:28
Cina Lawson, first female African political figure to receive the Harvard  Kennedy School Award

(Togo First) - Togo’s minister of posts, digital economy and technological innovations received last Saturday, the Alumni Public Service Award from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). She thus becomes the first female African political figure to win this award.

What great honor to receive today the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Public Service Award, the Togolese official declared. “I hope this prize will inspire a generation of African women and young leaders pushing them to commit to improving others’ lives, she added.

She was awarded for contributing to the development of ICT and digital industry in Togo, using them for the profit of social causes. For example, she launched Campus WiFi, a project that provides free access to broadband internet in all public universities and health facilities in the country. There is also Eco CCP, a mobile money savings account, the digital work environment (ENT) which benefits high schools, etc.

The Alumni Public Service Award, which is given to former students who “greatly improved human condition at local, provincial, national or international scale, is the second prize received by Lawson after the first place of Napoléons Awards, under the women category. 

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