AS PART OF EACH INTERNATIONAL DAY, ACR'S INTERNATIONAL SECTION PRESENTS THE ACR INTERNATIONAL OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD. IN RECENT YEARS, THE SECTION HAS GIVEN ONE AWARD TO AN INDIVIDUAL AND ONE AWARD TO AN ORGANIZATION. THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS:
2006 – Judge Gladys Alvarez (Argentina) for her successful efforts to spread mediation throughout Latin America.
2007 - Partners for Democratic Change (U.S.A.) for the organization’s work building sustainable local capacity to advance civil society and a culture of change and conflict management worldwide.
2008 – Shamil Fattakhov (Russia) for his leadership in promoting creative processes with youth and adults throughout the globe, through his interactive performance program, ZIPoPo.
2009 – The first year that two awards were given, one individual and one to an organization. Mr. Adi Gavrila (Romania), founding member and manager of Craiova Mediation Center and president of the Romanian Mediation Centers Union, for his extraordinary work navigating a complex political environment to advance alternative dispute resolution in Romania. Search for Common Ground (U.S.A.) was selected for its continuous work in challenging international environments, social entrepreneurship, and creative use of media toward managing conflict more constructively.
2010 – Sister Pauline Acayo (Uganda), head of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Uganda’s Northern Region for work in reintegrating child soldiers and former abductees to their communities through traditional reconciliation methods. Meta-Culture (India), a conflict management organization for making significant inroads in promoting conflict resolution through partnerships with communities, NGOs, governments, academic and faith-based institutions throughout India.
2011 – George Gachara (Kenya), a young leader, author, and co-founder of Picha Mtaani, for creating a safe space for young people to dialogue about post-election violence in Kenya. EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (Jordan/Palestine/Israel), a regional organization bringing together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists, for promoting sustainable development and advancing peace efforts in the Middle East.
2012 - Lada Busevac (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Senior Country Officer for the International Finance Corporation in B&H whose international team promotes and sets up mediation in countries around the world. MiKK, a non-profit organization specializing in international family disputes, particularly cross-border child abduction cases.
2013 – Harold H. Saunders (U.S.A.), Director of International Affairs at the Kettering Foundation and Founder and Chairman of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue. Ba Futuru (East Timor) meaning “for the future,” an NGO drawing on the arts to develop conflict resolution skills in young people and children and providing training to community leaders on child protection and peacebuilding.
2014 - Shulamith Koenig (U.S.A.), Founder & Executive Director of People's Movement for Human Rights Education, a non-profit international organization working since 1988 to encourage citizens around the globe to know and claim their human rights as a birth right. ProDiálogo, honored for its work in managing processes for consensus building aimed at sustainable development in the context of a culture of peace.