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Since 2009, ifa has been presenting an award to persons or organisations who, by virtue of their scientific, scholarly, social, socio-political, artistic, entrepreneurial or financial engagement, have made outstanding contributions to peace, international understanding and the dialogue of cultures.
The award orginates from an initiative of the Association of Friends of ifa. Until 2019, the distinction was named after Theodor Wanner (1875-1955) at whose urging the German Foreign Institute (DAI), today's ifa, was founded in 1917.
Patron of the ifa Award is the Federal Foreign Minister. It is endowed with a grant of € 10,000 dedicated to a cultural and peace-building project chosen by the award recipient. In addition, she or he is presented with an artistic prize object as a visible token of appreciation. In co-operation with the Steidl publishing house, ifa also produces a portrait volume on each awardee.
The award recipients are selected by majority decision of a jury formed by the board of the Friends Association and ifa. The jury is free in its selection.
2017: Silvia Queen of Sweden
Laudatio: Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Foreign Minister
2016: Human Rights Watch, a non-governmental organisation
Laudatio: Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance
2014: Ernesto Cardenal, politician and theologian
Laudatio: Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the Federal Parliament
2013: Yoko Ono, artist
Laudatio: Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Federal Foreign Minister
2011: Dr. h.c. Jacques Delors, former President of the European Commission
Laudatio: Dr. h. c. Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former Federal Foreign Minister
2010: Carla del Ponte, Juristin
Laudatio: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Jutta Limbach, former President of the Federal Constitutional Court
2009: Dr. h. c. Daniel Barenboim, Conductor
Laudatio: Dr. h.c. Joschka Fischer, former Federal Foreign Minister